An armed individual has taken six hostages at Alfa-Bank branch bank located on Zemlyanoy Val Street in Moscow on Saturday, May 23. Police have cordoned off a large area around the bank, and significant traffic disruption has been reported in the area. The incident is ongoing as of 14:45 (local time), as police officers are carrying out negotiations with the hostage-taker.
A heightened security presence and further transportation disruptions should be expected in the coming several hours.
Individuals in Moscow are advised to monitor developments, avoid the affected area, prepare for related disruptions, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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