At least seven shopping malls in the Russian capital have received anonymous bomb threat calls, a source from the emergency services told Sputnik, adding that evacuations were underway.

‘A short while ago, it was reported that seven shopping centres in Moscow had received such calls. Now this figure has grown, but the specific number is still unknown’, the source said.

The source stressed that the buildings had been cordoned off and inspections were being conducted with the help of sniffer dogs.

No further details have been immediately available.

The statement has been made after a series of anonymous phone calls with claims that explosive devices were planted in various buildings started in Russia in mid-September 2017. According to Sputnik’s source in the emergency services, nearly 2.5 million people in 180 Russian cities have been evacuated since then.

Over 3,500 buildings have been allegedly targeted during this period, but the threats were never confirmed.

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