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Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Attackers storm Russian school

Now the Islamofascists are taking little children in Russia. What a bunch of freaks. They are never goig to get anywhere like that. The Russian government is not going to tuck trheir talils ibetweent their legs like the Spanish. They will hunt you down and kill you. Just like what should happen to anyone who does anything like this. They are babarians and should be wiped out.
Attackers storm Russian school
Child and mother evacuated by Russian special police forces troops (Image grab from Russian NTV channel)
Some of the children managed to flee the hostage-takers
More than 200 pupils and some parents and teachers are being held hostage in southern Russia after a school was seized by masked and armed attackers.

At least 17 men and women, some wearing explosive belts, entered the school in Beslan, North Ossetia, officials said.

They are believed to have laid mines and trip wires, threatening to blow up the school if stormed by police.

According to Russia's Itar-Tass news agency they are demanding the withdrawal of troops from Chechnya.

They are also reported to have demanded talks with local politicians and a negotiator involved at the time of the siege of a Moscow theatre in 2002.

There are no confirmed casualty figures, although reports from the scene suggest a number of people have been killed.

The incident comes amid heightened security in Russia after a suspected suicide bomb attack in Moscow on Tuesday night and the bombing of two passenger planes last week.

New school term

Wednesday was the first day back for millions of children across Russia and parents also attend what is traditionally a day of celebration.

The attackers reportedly stormed the secondary school in Beslan at around 0930 local time (0530GMT), shortly after a ceremony welcoming in the new school year.

At least 200 pupils as well as parents and teachers were in the school at the time.

They are believed to have been moved by the hostage-takers to the school gym. Up to 50 children managed to escape during the move, according to reports.

Russian security forces and police troops were surrounding the building in Beslan, a town 15kms (10 miles) north of Vladikavkaz, capital of the North Ossetia republic, which borders Chechnya.

Gunfire and explosions could be heard in the area.

Itar-Tass said a regional Muslim community leader was brought in to negotiate, but the hostage-takers refused to talk to him saying they would only deal with top officials.

Putin under pressure

Russian President Vladimir Putin broke off a working holiday on the Black Sea to return to Moscow following the school siege.

The BBC's Damian Grammaticas in Moscow says the president now has a major crisis on his hands, and will be under pressure to bring the stand-off to a peaceful conclusion.

It was not immediately clear who the gunmen are, but correspondents say suspicion will fall on Chechen rebels.

RECENT DEADLY ATTACKS
31 Aug 2004 - Suicide bomb kills 10 at north Moscow train station
24 Aug 2004 - Two planes crash after leaving same Moscow airport, killing 89
May 2004 - Chechen president killed in blast at stadium in Grozny
Feb 2004: Bomb attack kills at least 39 people on Moscow underground
Dec 2003 - female suicide bomber kills five near Red Square

A female suicide bomber is being blamed for an explosion outside a train station in north Moscow on Tuesday, which killed at least 10 people and injured more than 50.

An Islamist group, calling itself the Islambouli Brigades, claimed responsibility and described the attack as "part of the wave of support and assistance to the Muslim Chechens".

Two weeks ago, more than 200 Chechen rebels launched a co-ordinated attack inside Chechnya, on the capital Grozny.

And two months ago armed rebels mounted a deadly cross-border raid into Ingushetia.

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