Friday, September 03, 2004

BBC: Explosions in Russian School

Heavy gunfire and explosions have engulfed the school in North Ossetia, where hundreds of children and adults are being held hostage.
A large number of people have been seen fleeing the premises, many of them covered in blood.

The hostage takers apparently tried to escape the school building together with some of the hostages as soldiers fired on them.

Helicopters hovered overhead and there were troops everywhere.

Parts of the school are reported to have been blown up, the BBC's Sarah Rainsford reported, and a section of the roof appears to have collapsed

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