Russia on Thursday held a series of events marking the sixth anniversary of Beslan tragedy in the North Caucasus republic of North Ossetia, which claimed a total of 335 lives.
On September 1, 2004, Chechen separatists herded more than 1,100 teachers, parents and children into the gym at Beslan's School No. 1. The gym was rigged with explosives and a total of 335 hostages, including 186 children, lost their lives when the siege came to its bloody conclusion three days later.
The Beslan school siege is the deadliest terrorist attack ever to take place in Russia and saw the largest number of child victims in any terrorist act anywhere in the world. More than 120 of the survivors were left disabled, including 70 children.
The presidential envoy to the North Caucasus region, Alexander Khloponin, attended a service in Beslan to remember those who were killed six years ago.
RIA Novosti held a video link up between Moscow and Washington on joint Russian-U.S. efforts in fighting terrorism, marking the solidarity in fighting terrorism day. The event is held on the eve of the sixth anniversary of terrorists attack on school in Beslan and a week before the ninth anniversary of the deadly terrorist attack in New York on September 11, 2001.
MOSCOW, September 2 (RIA Novosti)