FSB-operated Alpha and Vympel special forces troops were alerted and sent to Beslan
It was also the scene of the 2004 Beslan
massacre, in which Chechen separatist fighters took hundreds of hostages at a school - a siege that ended in the deaths of 330 people, around half of them children.
Tragic scene: People gather at the cemetery in the Russian town of Beslan
to mourn the 335 victims, mostly children, of the hostage-taking at School No.
The former secretary of the Lifeguards' harmony group, which raised pounds 2,200 for Beslan
, said: "We felt the connection with Beslan
and what people experienced during the Aberfan Disaster was very close.
Mothers' Committee says the footage disproves the official version that the detonation of a booby-trap device planted by Chechen separatists inside the building caused the carnage at School No.
Taisia Bziyeva-Dauyeva, 68, died last week in a hospital in the nearby regional capital Vladikavkaz, said Susanna Dudiyeva, head of the Beslan
Putin praised security personnel who had a part in the operation to take out Basayev, who is thought to have masterminded the Beslan
school siege in September 2004 in which over 350 people, most of them children, were killed and hundreds more injured.
THE only surviving member of the terror gang behind the Beslan
school massacre could be executed.
Russian authorities dealing with the trauma of the Beslan
school tragedy have turned for help to disaster response experts at a North university.
Authorities in Russia dealing with the Beslan
school tragedy have turned to a North East university for help.
Mothers Committee finally secured an invitation to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin Sept.
THE cries of grief-stricken mothers broke the silence in Beslan
yesterday as all Russia stopped to mark the first anniversary of the massacre in which 331 children died.