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Beslan tragedy, September 2004

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Six years ago, on September 3, 2004, terrorists who took hostage over 1,000 people at a school №1 in Beslan, North Ossetia were finally liquidated.

Six years ago, on September 3, 2004, terrorists who took hostage over 1,000 people at a school №1 in Beslan, North Ossetia were finally liquidated. More than 300 people, most of them children, died in the attack. The hostages spent three terrible days in the school.

© Ramazan Lagkuev / Go to the mediabankAt 1.04 p.m. two powerful explosions and shooting started at the school. People were taken to cordoned-off zones. At 1.15 p.m. a group of hostages rushed out from the school.
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At 1.04 p.m. two powerful explosions and shooting started at the school. People were taken to cordoned-off zones. At 1.15 p.m. a group of hostages rushed out from the school.
© Ramazan Lagkuev / Go to the mediabankThe children were dressed only in underwear and many of them were naked.
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The children were dressed only in underwear and many of them were naked.
© Ramazan Lagkuev / Go to the mediabankAt around 1.36 p.m. dozens of children left the school. TV channels showed how the freed children were hugged by their parents. At 1.50 p.m., according to eyewitnesses, Russian special forces units entered the school.
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At around 1.36 p.m. dozens of children left the school. TV channels showed how the freed children were hugged by their parents. At 1.50 p.m., according to eyewitnesses, Russian special forces units entered the school.
© Ramazan Lagkuev / Go to the mediabankA total of 322 people died during the Beslan school hostage crisis.
Photo: relatives of those killed in the Beslan school terrorist attack during an identification procedure in Vladikavkaz mortuary.
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A total of 322 people died during the Beslan school hostage crisis.
Photo: relatives of those killed in the Beslan school terrorist attack during an identification procedure in Vladikavkaz mortuary.
© RIA Novosti . Natalia Lvova / Go to the mediabank155 children were among those killed.
Photo: the funeral of those killed in the Beslan school hostage crisis.
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155 children were among those killed.
Photo: the funeral of those killed in the Beslan school hostage crisis.
© RIA Novosti . Albina OlisaevaBeslan does not mark September 1, the start of the new school year, like the rest of Russia. Children do not sit at their desks – instead, together with adults they remember the day when the terrorists turned the beginning of the school year into three black days which transformed history into before and after the Beslan tragedy.
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Beslan does not mark September 1, the start of the new school year, like the rest of Russia. Children do not sit at their desks – instead, together with adults they remember the day when the terrorists turned the beginning of the school year into three black days which transformed history into before and after the Beslan tragedy.
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