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  • Jeremy Putley
    Sky News 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
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 1, 2006
      Sky News

      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
      people.

      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
      Islamic militants.

      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
      security forces.

      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."

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      (*) The official enquiry is of course an intentional deceit, in an
      ignoble Russian tradition of official lies. -JP
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