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Wednesday, September 01, 2004

BBC NEWS | In Depth | Armed men storm Russian school

BBC NEWS | In Depth | Armed men storm Russian school: "Armed men storm Russian school
Gunmen have seized a secondary school in southern Russia, with reports saying 200 pupils are being held hostage
Russia's security service, FSB, confirmed the men stormed the school in the city of Beslan in North Ossetia, close to the border with Chechnya.
At least 200 pupils and possibly some parents are believed to have been in the school at the time, as it is the first day back after the holidays.
An envoy in the region said a gun fight had broken out with police in the area.
The seizure comes amid heightened security following a suspected suicide bomb attack in Moscow on Tuesday night, and the bombing of two passenger planes last week.
Security officials are at the scene in Beslan trying to negotiate with hostage-takers.
Interfax news agency said at least "

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