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Beslan

 

city and administrative center of Pravoberezhnyi Raion, Severnaia Osetiia ASSR. Located on the right bank of the Terek River, it is a railroad station on the Armavir-Baku line (a line runs from Beslan to Ordzhonikidze). Population, 26,000 (1968). There is a corn-processing combine (the largest in Europe) that turns corn into starch, syrup, glucose, oil, and dry feed. A hemp factory, a plant for rein-forced-concrete structural elements, an auto repair enterprise, a gravel and sleeper plant, and a dairy are also located there. Beslan was reorganized from a settlement into a city in 1950.

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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.
The Beslan 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 Mothers' Committee.
''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.