Friday, September 01, 2006

Beslan School -- 2 Years Later

Chechen terrorists seized the Beslan school Sept. 1, 2004, taking more than 1,100 hostages. The seizure ended Sept. 3, 2004, when a shootout engulfed a gymnasium packed with hostages. The attack left 332 people, more than half of them children, dead.

The second anniversary of the tragedy continues to stoke fears about school safety. Russian authorities are promising better security at the nation's education facilities.

"In every region, work is being done to prepare schools for the upcoming classes," said Viktor Bolotov, head of the Federal Service for Inspection of Education and Science. "This work is taking place practically around the clock. About 1% of the country's schools [will] not open their doors Friday because concerns about fire safety linger."

This is a terrorist action we should never forget.

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