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Saturday, 26 October, 2002, 05:48 GMT 06:48 UK
In pictures: Moscow theatre siege ends
The siege of a Moscow theatre where Chechen rebels were holding hundreds of people hostage came to a dramatic end early on Saturday when the building was stormed by Russian special forces.

Russian special forces
Russian special forces stormed the theatre as officials feared hostages were being killed

Russian special forces escort hostage-taker
Dozens of hostage-takers were reported killed, while others were arrested

Hostage helped out of building
About 750 hostages were released after a gun battle at the theatre

Freed hostages
For the freed hostages, it was the end of a harrowing ordeal

Russian special forces outside theatre
Russian special forces disarmed explosives inside the theatre and secured the building

Movsar Barayev
Movsar Barayev, the Chechens' ringleader, was killed in the raid

Hostages
His group had held about 700 Russians and foreigners captive

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