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Wave of phone terrorism

Russian cities targeted by mystery bomb threats
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41251684
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Leak: "bomb calls" initiated by people connected to Islamic State.
https://ria.ru/incidents/20170914/1504756012.html
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New series of bomb threats: thousands are evacuated from malls and administrative buildings in Moscow:
https://lenta.ru/news/2017/09/18/mos_evac/
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Nothing being reported here, thanks for posting.

A few Russians writing in English picked it up apparently,

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...f-bomb-threats

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017...ussian-cities/

This is strange though,

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But several regional news outlets quoted unidentified military officials who maintain that the evacuations are part of a Russian anti-terror exercise, performed in preparation for the 2018 World Cup.
Any credibility to that ?
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Any credibility to that ?
IMO nothing more than rumors.
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Almost 100 000 evacuated on Tuesday 19 September due to bomb threats.
https://lenta.ru/news/2017/09/20/terr/
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A bit of conspiracy theories:
https://meduza.io/en/news/2017/09/19...e-bomb-threats
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Strange stuff, are such mass evacuations standard response to a telephone threat ??

I mean we've had some false alerts here, a school was evacuated I believe (which turned out to be a disgruntled student..)

a train station or an airplane on occasion, but 10s or even 100s of thousands ?

I would also point out this in no way matches standard MO of Islamists, they don't do telephone warnings, they claim responsibility after the act.
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Strange stuff, are such mass evacuations standard response to a telephone threat ??

I mean we've had some false alerts here, a school was evacuated I believe (which turned out to be a disgruntled student..)

a train station or an airplane on occasion, but 10s or even 100s of thousands ?

I would also point out this in no way matches standard MO of Islamists, they don't do telephone warnings, they claim responsibility after the act.
In a way this is quite a cost-effective way of fighting a "terrorist" campaign. In the end everything is about money.
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But it's quite unusual for a telephone call to provoke such massive reaction, and the Russians aren't normally the most faint-hearted in this regard.

How long before someone just decides,

"This is probably just another prank call, .." ?

Something must be lending credibility to these calls but it isn't obvious from the facts presented.
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540 000 evacuated in more than 100 Russian cities due to fals bomb threats since 11 September:
https://ria.ru/incidents/20170930/1505909803.html
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FSB claims bomb calls came from 4 Russian citizens from abroad:
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Okay. Why not terminate with prejudice? It's not that you guys have a dirty tricks div.
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But it's quite unusual for a telephone call to provoke such massive reaction, and the Russians aren't normally the most faint-hearted in this regard.

How long before someone just decides,

"This is probably just another prank call, .." ?
And if you're a terrorist, and there's method to this, that's when you start planting some genuine bombs, if you have the ability.

Depends on how much method there is behind it all.
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Still very unusual for Islamists though - something's off here.
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