Beslan hostage drama commemorated in tears

An Ossetian woman with a young boy lights a candle for the hostage crisis victims in the school in Beslan, as Beslan families commemorate 2004 school hostage drama, Beslan, Russia, 03 September 2009. In the incident on September 1, 2004 more than 30 terrorists from the Russian republics of Chechnya and Ingushetia seized the school and held more 1,128 children, parents and teachers hostage for three days. The drama ended in a bloodbath when Russian soldiers stormed the building on September 3. In total, 332 people died in the ensuing firefight between soldiers and terrorists.

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