Russia: September 4, 2004


Russia has ordered North Ossetia to be sealed off, and more troops and police have been sent in. So far, 20 of the terrorists have been killed, ten of them said to be Arabs, and three captured. At least four more were still on the loose. One of the teenage captives reported that the terrorists had placed bombs all over the school gymnasium, where many of the hostages were being held. She said some of the bombs were taped to the wall, and tape on one bomb came loose, the bomb fell and went off, causing the terrorists to panic and set off more bombs and start shooting at hostages. While most countries offered condolences to Russia, the European Union demanded to know why there were so many casualties. The European Union has long held Russia responsible for the Chechen situation, downplaying the role of Chechen gangsters, religious fanatics and terrorists. 


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