September 03, 2004

Russian hostage siege over with many casualties; at least 13 terrorists get away

Backcountry Conservative is live-blogging the violent end to that siege of a Russian school in the southern town of , where more than 400 children along with parents were being held by a handful of Chechen terrorists, courtesy of the "Religion of Peace."

Current reports have an unknown number of people dead, all of the children out of the school, and at least 13 of the animals getting away -- possibly using some of the children as human shields.

At least 100 bodies have been found inside the gymnasium, according to ITV. There are also reports that at least 250 people have been taken to local hospitals.

Russian officials are insisting that they did not try to mount any sort of rescue operation. They indicate that Special Forces went in after the terrorists tried to escape. The situation obviously deterioriated dramatically from there.

Details will become more clear as the day progresses.

(More coverage from The Belmont Club, Dean Esmay, Discount Blogger, PoliBlogger & others)

Posted by mhking at September 3, 2004 09:04 AM

It gets worse: Female terrorist disguised as nurse seized at Beslan's hospital

Posted by: Fausta at September 3, 2004 01:26 PM

There is a 501c3 fund set up called at . It is linked to the Russian embassy website. This is not their first project. You can make tax-deductible, monetary donations via paypal or credit card. There is no money taken out of the domations for operating expenses. The full amount goes straight to the victims' families as cash.

Posted by: Joel (No Pundit Intended) at September 4, 2004 12:35 AM

Am I the only one who sees that this tragedy along with the explosions of the 2 jetliners has been downplayed by the Media in this country? This was major news. Could it be that by reporting this it would remind Americans that the War on Terrorism s real and the fact this occured during the GOP convention would increase Bush's ratings in the Polls ? When the Abu Grabib abuse story broke it was wall to wall coverage! The same sgoes for the Colubine Massacre. I see our Media as self serving along with a left leaning bias ,but to downplay this to keep our minds of of world wide Islamic terrorism is unspeakable!

Posted by: Lamont at September 6, 2004 12:44 PM
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