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Russia Update: 90 Hostages Dead At Hands Of Muslim Extremists
« on: October 26, 2002, 05:47:46 PM »
http://www.cnn.com/2002/WORLD/europe/10/26/moscow.standoff/index.html


140 die in theatre siege climax
Saturday, October 26, 2002 Posted: 7:10 PM EDT (2310 GMT)

 
MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) -- The death toll suffered in bringing an end to the three-day Moscow theatre siege has risen to 90 captives and 50 hostage-takers.

More than 750 hostages were rescued, including all 75 non-Russians and 25 children, when special forces stormed the building.

But the death toll is much higher than originally thought -- it had first been said that only 10 captives had died.

Russian special forces, from the Federal Security Service (FSB), used a sedative gas before storming the theatre early Saturday. Many captives were taken to hospital suffering from the effects of the chemical.

It was a sudden end to the siege which began when armed Chechens took over the theatre, threatening to kill hostages unless Russia stopped its military campaign in the breakaway republic.

Russian President Vladimir Putin apologised for the captives' deaths in a television address saying: "Please forgive us. The memory of the victims must unite all of us."

He also thanked the security forces and the Russian people for their "bravery."

The Health Ministry, which gave the revised death toll figure for the captives, did not list the causes of death.

Fifty Chechen rebel hostage-takers died, including 32 men and 18 women, many of whom had strapped explosives around their waists, Interfax news agency said.

Also among the dead was the alleged leader, a man in his mid-20s identified as Movsar Barayev. At least two captors were being questioned.

Russia's Deputy Interior Minister, Vladimir Vasilyev, said the sleeping gas had been used to "allow us to neutralise, among others, those women kamikazes who were literally encased in explosives with their fingers on the detonators."

The Alpha unit stormed the building at 5.30 a.m. local time after the Chechens began executing those being held, Vasilyev added. Two are believed to have been killed.

He said: "Up to the last moment -- even now -- we were afraid there could be a major explosion. This we managed to prevent," he said.

"These people we're dealing with are real scoundrels. They were constantly giving their threats. They were threatening to start executions which they did. They threatened to explode the building."

He attributed the hostage deaths to "stress, hunger and lack of medical supplies that they needed," rather than the gas. ('Novel, but deadly')

Special forces moved in with a single blast followed by a series of explosions. Bursts of automatic gun fire went on for a period of about 15 minutes before dying down.

The foreign nationals were from 14 countries including Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Australia, Britain and the United States.

Some of the victims are feared to have choked to death on their own vomit after inhaling the gas, The Associated Press reported.

Many of the freed hostages appeared unconscious or in shock as they were loaded into waiting buses and ambulances.

Pictures taken inside the theatre by Russian television after the raid showed some bodies slumped in theatre seats or with their heads down on their arms as if they had passed out. Bombs lay on seats or were still strapped to some of the women hostage-takers' waists.

The building had reportedly been booby-trapped with mines laid at entrances and exits and a huge bomb was said to have been placed in the centre of the theatre.

Some explosions were heard as special forces deactivated the devices or carried out controlled explosions.

Putin, whose own position was being tested by the crisis, called at one of Moscow's hospitals to visit survivors.

He vowed to continue fighting international terrorism.

A senior envoy to Chechnya's rebel president on Saturday condemned the siege.

Akhmed Zakayev, an envoy of elected Chechen leader Aslan Maskhadov, told Reuters: "We cannot come down to the level of our opponents, targeting innocent people," alluding to alleged human rights abuses by Russian forces in Chechnya.

He added: "We offer our condolences to the families of people that died in these dramatic events."

The rebels had said they were prepared to die for their cause, taking with them as many "sinners" as possible.

Heavily armed Russian security forces had the complex surrounded since shortly after the siege began Wednesday night.

The audience had arrived at the theatre to see "Nord Ost," a popular production of a classic Russian musical, when the rebels suddenly took over the building during the second act on Wednesday evening.

Russian forces withdrew from Chechnya after a 1994-96 war but they returned in 1999 and have since occupied most Chechen territory.

Moscow blames Chechen militants, who say they are fighting for independence, for a series of bombings in Russia that killed more than 300 people.



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Re:Russia Update: 90 Hostages Dead At Hands Of Muslim Extremists
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2002, 07:12:18 PM »
I already posted exactly the same ::)
 

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Re:Russia Update: 90 Hostages Dead At Hands Of Muslim Extremists
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2002, 09:55:57 PM »
I already posted exactly the same ::)

Yeak I know, but I wanted to emphasize the role of Muslims in the title.
 

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Re:Russia Update: 90 Hostages Dead At Hands Of Muslim Extremists
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2002, 10:14:11 PM »
I already posted exactly the same ::)

Yeak I know, but I wanted to emphasize the role of Muslims in the title.

LOL man ur a crackup, i wish i had 500 posts so i could give u a prop right now, LOL