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Beslan, Russia: 2004 School Siege- Part 1 {format} {format} 7:46 Kelly McEvers

A two-part NPR series: In 2004 Chechnyn militants seized 1,200 hostages at School No. 1 in Beslan, Russia. More than three hundred hostages died, mostly children, in explosions and battles between militants and Russian soldiers. The series relives the three-day siege: traveling to where the militants planned the attack, examining their demands, and exploring authority's refusal to negotiate. (See the Beslan Timeline: How the School Siege Unfolded.) [transcript]

Broadcast: Aug 31 2006 on NPR Day to DaySeries: Russian School Siege- 2004 Subjects: International, Religious, War, Historical