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Moscow faced more than 500 fake bomb threats in two months

More than 250,000 people were evacuated after 564 anonymous bomb warnings between September 11 and November 9, officials say.

world Updated: Nov 14, 2017 20:08 IST
Associated Press, Moscow
Guards march during a ceremony in Moscow. A slew of fake bomb threats has affected dozens of Russian cities.
Guards march during a ceremony in Moscow. A slew of fake bomb threats has affected dozens of Russian cities.(AFP file photo)

Officials in Moscow say the Russian capital has faced over 500 fake bomb calls in two months and suffered a loss of millions of dollars as a result.

A slew of fake bomb threats has affected dozens of Russian cities since early September.

Among those targeted by the bomb calls have been all Moscow airports, railway stations, shopping malls, banks, hotels, schools and administrative buildings. No explosives have been found following the anonymous calls.

Vladimir Chernikov, the head of the security department in the Moscow city government, said on Tuesday that over 250,000 people were evacuated after 564 anonymous bomb warnings between September 11 and November 9.

Russia’s top domestic security agency FSB said several Russians living abroad were behind the calls, but it wouldn’t identify them or describe their motives.