Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Russia: Numerous cities hit by bomb scares.

(Moscow) For a few days now numerous towns and cities across Russia have been hit by a wave of bomb alerts. Tens of thousands of people have been affected. In Moscow over 20,000 people have been evacuated today from shopping centres, train stations and two universities have been evacuated today. The hoax calls began on Sunday but the extent of the alerts only became clear by Tuesday:

  • In Chelyabinsk, in the southern Ural mountains, more than 11,000 people were cleared from 10 buildings on Tuesday
  • In Perm to the north-west, 5,700 people had to leave schools and public buildings
  • Police in the southern city of Stavropol received 42 bomb hoaxes
  • Other cities affected ranged from Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk and Omsk in Siberia to the enclave of Kaliningrad in the far west

So far, all of the alerts have proved to be hoaxes and the public has been urged to remain calm.