Police have denied reports that a man armed with explosives has taken hostages inside a Moscow flat.

Earlier this morning, November 4, an emergency source made the claim to Russian news agency TASS.

They said: "At the address Golovinskoe shosse, 8, building 1, an unknown person is holding hostages in one of the apartments.

"The attacker claims that he has explosive devices and he intends to detonate them."

The entrance of the residential building was cordoned off and emergency officers were at the scene in the north of the Russian capital, the report claimed.

However, the press service of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs has since said: "The information about keeping people in an apartment in the north of Moscow does not correspond to reality.”

However, officials have said it 'does not correspond to reality'

Last month, police in Georgia began a manhunt for a gunman who took 43 hostages during a bank robbery and disappeared after releasing them.

The masked man, wearing a military uniform, stormed into a bank in the town of Zugdidi in western Georgia on October 21 and demanded $500,000 (£385,000).

Negotiations between the gunman and police in the former Soviet republic continued into the late evening.

Hostages were released gradually during the day and most were freed in the evening after he was paid a ransom.

The gunman left the bank with four hostages, including the head of the local police department who was acting as a negotiator and had brought the payment.

A few hours later, the gunman released the remaining hostages and escaped.

The interior ministry said in a statement: "Law enforcers continue intensive operative-investigative and search activities in order to arrest the assailant."