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18 February, 2016

Major Moscow shopping malls evacuated over bomb threats

Police are evacuating several major shopping malls in Moscow after a series of anonymous bomb threats via phone, local media outlets have reported, citing sources.

The GUM department store, a major tourist site located on Red Square, is being evacuated due to a bomb threat, police sources told TASS and Interfax news agencies. Police are waiting for sniffer dogs and bomb disposal experts to arrive at the scene.

Over 3,000 people have been evacuated from various shopping malls across the Russian capital, a security source told TASS.

Anonymous phoned-in bomb threats were directed at nine Auchan shopping malls, a source in the emergency services told RIA Novosti. Five of the stores are being evacuated , it added.

Witnesses told news agencies that the Gagarinsky mall, a major shopping hub located in the south west, and the Kuntsevo Plaza mall in the west are being evacuated as well. There have been no official statements on the issue as of yet.

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