Beslan school siege of 2004

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The Beslan school siege of 2004 began when a group of Chechnyan Muslim separatist terrorists took over 1200 pupils and their teachers hostage in Beslan, North Ossetia, Russia, on September 1, 2004. The people of Beslan are mostly Christian and this is why they were targeted.[1] The terrorists began by executing male teachers; female teachers were raped, tortured and taunted for being Christian. Pupils, both female and male, were forced to strip to their underwear; many of the children were raped by fanatical jihadists who recorded the rapes on video. An 18 Month old baby was knifed to death by one of the Muslim terrorists.[2]

On September 4, possibly accidentally, a battle erupted between Russian forces and the terrorists. More than 330 civilians died, including 186 children. Many of the children were shot in the back by the terrorists. The Chechen terrorist Shamil Basayev, who was trained in Afghanistan by the Taliban and Pakistani ISI claimed responsibility for the attack, which ranks as one of the worst terrorist outrages in history. Basayev was later killed by Russian forces.[3]


  1. Praying for Terrorists November 2004 Christianity Today. Accessed 5 March 2008
  2. Beslan: They knifed babies, they raped girls 5 September 2004 Sunday Mirror. Accessed 5 March 2008
  3. Chechen rebel chief Basayev dies 10 July 2006 BBC News. Accessed 5 March 2008.

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