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.
Rossiya Segodnya spoke to Col. Yury Torshin, a retired officer of the FSB SOC Alpha unit. Col. Torshin took part in freeing hostages in School #1 in Beslan and then Nord Ost in Moscow. He was awarded five military orders and three combat medals. Rossiya Segodnya found out why Islamists chose to attack children and what price the Alpha unit officers paid to rescue hostages.
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.