On September 1, 2004, a group of heavily armed Chechen Muslim terrorists stormed a school in Beslan, where they took some 1200 hostages and forced them into the school gymnasium, which they had mined with explosives.
For three days, these children and adults were held hostage in a sweltering gymnasium, denied food and water, stripped of their clothing, forced to keep their hands over their heads, while many of the children were raped and sexually abused. The harrowing siege ended on September 3rd with a series of explosions and a hail of gunfire between the terrorists and Russian security forces that resulted in the deaths of as many as 380 hostages – more than half of them children.
ALSO SEE SIX-PART VIDEO SERIES: HOW IT WENT DOWN: Beslan School Massacre by Chechen Muslim terrorists
PHOTOS of the aftermath of the Beslan school siege (WARNING: Graphic Images)
What was left of the terrorists
The victims who survived