Tears for Beslan Victims
Updated: 09:28, Friday September 01, 2006
Ceremonies have been held to mark the second anniversary of the
Beslan school siege in Russia which ended in the deaths of 333
Children and parents wept as they returned to the burnt out shell of
School No 1.
Hundreds filed past photographs of the dead and lit candles to
remember the capture of 1,128 students, teachers and parents by
Dozens of teenage boys wearing black T-shirts that read 'Anti-
Terror' on their backs formed a cordon at the school as people
placed red carnations on the floor.
The three-day ordeal, which saw hostages deprived of food and water,
ended in a bloodbath after two powerful explosions rocked the school
and security forces launched a chaotic rescue effort.
More than half of the 333 victims were children.
An official inquiry concluded (*) all but one of 32 attackers were
killed. The sole survivor was sentenced to life in prison.
It has been claimed the two blasts which triggered the inferno were
caused by grenades fired from outside - most probably launched by
Ella Kesayeva, who heads an activist group called Voice of Beslan,
said added: "We have arrived at the conclusion that it's the state
to blame for the death of the hostages."
(*) The official enquiry is of course an intentional deceit, in an
ignoble Russian tradition of official lies. -JP