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Thousands evacuated after multiple Russian bomb hoaxes

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By Euronews
Thousands evacuated after multiple Russian bomb hoaxes

<p>Multiple bomb hoaxes across Russia have led to tens of thousands of people being evacuated from public buildings in the past four days. </p> <p>On Wednesday, the luxury <span class="caps">GUM</span> shopping centre in Moscow was evacuated and in the capital alone at least 50,000 people have been affected. </p> <p>It is claimed at least 130,000 people have been evacuated in the past two days alone. </p> <p>Amateur footage shows members of the public being evacuated from shopping centres, railway stations and universities as they respond to telephone warnings about an alleged explosive device in the building. </p> <p>The source of the threats is unknown but officials are suggesting they are from outside Russia through scrambled internet connections which make them difficult to trace. </p> <p>With pro-Kremlin newspapers saying it is a “major hacking attack” possibly from Ukraine. </p> <p>Speculaton that the threats are part of a Russian-borne anti-terror exercise have been rejected by leading politicians. </p> <p>More than 200 organisations have been targeted nationwide.</p>