Beslan


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Beslan

(ˈbɛzlɑːn)
n
(Placename) a town in the North Ossetian Republic in Russia: scene of a massacre in 2004 when Chechen extremists held a school hostage, leading to a siege in which 344 people were killed. Pop: 35 550 (2002)
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MOSKOVA (CyHAN)- The insurgents who 10 years ago on this day, took more than 1,100 school children, their teachers and relatives hostage in a school in Beslan, Russia turned down any negotiations, preferring violence and scare tactics, a special forces officer who was in command of an assault team during the 2004 Beslan hostage crisis told RIA Novosti.
Then suicide bombers blew up two airliners a week before seizing Beslan school on September 1, 2004.
Beslan is the town in southern Russian where in 2004, an armed siege in a school resulted in the deaths of 300 people, 180 children among them.
13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Judicial Watch, the public interest organization that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has uncovered an intelligence document detailing the September 2004 attack by Chechen Islamic militants on a school in Beslan, North Ossetia, Russia, in which 380 of the 1,100 hostages (children, parents, teachers, and visitors) held captive for three days were murdered.
Our correspondent said that the attack could have been a "message" from separatist fighters that "the authorities and the people of the North Caucasus remain as vulnerable as they were six years ago when the Beslan siege took place, despite an increase in counter-insurgency operations".
About half of those who died at the school in Beslan were children.
THE only surviving member of the terror gang behind the Beslan school massacre could be executed.
Authorities in Russia dealing with the Beslan school tragedy have turned to a North East university for help.
Russian authorities dealing with the trauma of the Beslan school tragedy have turned for help to disaster response experts at a North university.
The Beslan Mothers Committee finally secured an invitation to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin Sept.
THE horror of the school siege in Beslan was relived last week as the town marked a year since 318 of its people - including 186 children - were murdered.
MOTHERS and other relatives of victims of the Beslan school seizure held a longanticipated meeting yesterday with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who told them no government can guarantee its people protection against terrorism.