FSB-operated Alpha and Vympel special forces troops were alerted and sent to Beslan
The document, jointly released by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is dated October 12, 2004, and analyzes the Beslan
terrorist attack with a view toward gleaning lessons for potential attacks on schools in the United States.
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.
1 in Beslan
which saw 331 people -half of them kids - killed in 2004.
Social services chiefs from Beslan
are hoping to set up links with the Disaster and Development Centre at Northumbria University to find ways of providing support to people affected by the atrocity.
More than 340 people were killed, 186 of them children, last September when Chechen terrorists stormed the Beslan
school and took hundreds of children and teachers hostage.
Like millions throughout the world, I wept as I watched the BBC2 documentary Children Of Beslan
last week and the pictures from the memorial services.
Mothers' Committee had long demanded to meet the president to air grievances over the government's handling of the tragedy - both the botched rescue operation and the subsequent investigation, which they mistrust.
This perception was cemented by the horror in Beslan
, the town in Northern Ossetia where armed pro-Chechen militants seized a schoolhouse on September 1, 2004, and took more than 1,000 hostages, demanding the withdrawal of Russian troops from Chechnya.
Russian paediatrician Dr Leonid Roshal, who acted as an intermediary during the Beslan
school siege last September, is to receive the Reader's Digest European of the Year Award 2005 for his tireless and dedicated work helping children who have been injured in disasters and conflicts around the world.
CHILDREN at a Merseyside school have sent seasonal greetings to children who were caught up in the Beslan