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Five Kiev subway stations evacuated over bomb threat

Ukrainian security forces inspected five subway stations in Kiev after they received a warning call about an alleged bomb threat in the subway of the capital at around 1pm local time on Saturday.

Passengers were evacuated from areas potentially affected by the threat.

The bomb alert proved to be false after searches were carried out, and the stations reopened after an hour.

The Kiev Metro, or Kyiv Metro is a metro system that is the mainstay of Kiev’s public transport. It was the first rapid transit system in Ukraine and the third one built in the Soviet Union (after Moscow and St Petersburg Metros). It has three lines with a total length of 67.56 kilometers (41.98 mi) and 52 stations. The system carries 1.331 million passengers daily (2015), accounting for 46.7% of Kiev’s public transport load (as of 2014). In 2016, the metro carried 484.56 million passengers. The deepest station in the world, Arsenalna (at 105.5 m or 346.1 ft), is found on the system.

Five Kiev subway stations evacuated over bomb threat