Beslan massacre, eight years on
Years have passed since the bloody tragedy in Beslan. The siege of a school No. 1 in North Ossetia at the beginning of the scholastic year lasted for three days. People in the small town of Beslan and over the world had never seen such savagery. The tragedy played out within the walls of a school where over 1,000 people were held by militants from the volatile North Caucasus region without food and water and in constant fear.
The siege ended after three long days when Russian forces entered the building to save the hostages after hearing explosions ring out. Under heavy gunfire and risking their own lives, they bundled both women and children to safety.
The terrorist attack claimed 335 lives, including 186 children. To this day, people cannot forget the tragedy, especially those mothers who lost their children. Russia remembers the victims of the hostage crisis that unfolded in a school in the town of Beslan, in Southern Russia’s republic of North Ossetia.