Sunday marks the anniversary of the school siege in the town of Beslan
in the Russian Caucasus when Chechen militants stormed the school, herding over 1,100 people into a gymnasium and rigging the building with explosives.
Several hours earlier on September 1, 2004, more than 30 insurgents stormed the Knowledge Day celebrations marking the beginning of the school year of a school in the town of Beslan
, in the southern Russian republic of North Ossetia.
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 and relatives of those who died have been marking the fifth anniversary of Russia's worst militant attack, mourning the hundreds killed at Beslan
's School No.
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.1 in the southern Russian town of Beslan
Taisia Bziyeva-Dauyeva, 68, died last week in a hospital in the nearby regional capital Vladikavkaz, said Susanna Dudiyeva, head of the Beslan
''This is retaliation he deserves for killing our children in Beslan
, Budyonnovsk, all the terrorist acts his bandits perpetrated in Moscow and other regions of Russia, including Ingushetia and the Chechen Republic,'' Putin was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency.
The sole surviving Beslan
school attacker was sentenced to life in prison yesterday after a court heard he could not be executed because of the Russia's moratorium on capital punishment.
THE only surviving member of the terror gang behind the Beslan
school massacre could be executed.
Authorities in Russia dealing with the Beslan
school tragedy have turned to a North East university for help.