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Beslan marks dark anniversary

September 02, 2009|Times Wire Reports

The ragged wails of mothers, fathers, grandparents and neighbors echoed again out of Beslan's School No. 1, on the five-year anniversary of Russia's worst terrorist attack.

On Sept. 1, 2004, 32 heavily armed militants seized the school in the town of Beslan, herding more than 1,000 men, women and children into the gymnasium and demanding that Russian forces withdraw from Chechnya.

More than 330 people died -- more than half of them children.

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