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Hostage Raid Is Cited in Musical's Closing

May 11, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

A romantic musical closed nearly a year ahead of schedule in Moscow, unable to win back audiences after a hostage-taking raid last fall that left 129 people dead.

Chechen gunmen seized the theater Oct. 23 during the second act of "Nord-Ost" and took about 800 people hostage. Troops pumped a narcotic gas into the theater to knock out the abductors and stormed the building, killing the 41 kidnappers. But 129 hostages also died -- most from the gas.

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