15 May 2019 11:43

Bomb threats in Vladikavkaz shopping centers, airport found to be hoax - Interior Ministry

NALCHIK. May 15 (Interfax) - No explosive devices have been found in the shopping centers and airport of Vladikavkaz, where visitors were evacuated on Tuesday following bomb threats," the press service for the Ministry of Internal Affairs (North Ossetia-Alania) said on Wednesday.

"The on-duty office of the Interior Ministry for North Ossetia received a phone call from an employee of the shopping center Arktika on Tuesday, May 14, who said an unknown man had called their hotline and said there was a bomb in an administrative building in Vladikavkaz," the report said.

Similar phone calls were made about bombs in the retail chain Magnit and the Vladikavkaz airport, which is located in the city of Beslan, the report said.

"All police units and emergency services were alerted. The buildings of all of the city's shopping centers and the airport were encircled by Interior Ministry officials. People who were in the buildings and nearby were evacuated," the press service said.

The territories were examined by police officers with dogs and special technical devices. No bombs were found.

"The phone calls were unconfirmed," the report said.

The people involved in making false bomb threats are now being determined.

An informed source earlier said people had been evacuated from several shopping centers following phone calls containing bomb threats.