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Sunday, 27 October, 2002, 18:01 GMT
In pictures: Moscow siege aftermath
After the operation to free up to 800 hostages held at a Moscow theatre, there is growing controversy over use of gas by security forces. The gas knocked out the assailants - but also killed more than 100 hostages.

A woman shouts at a police officer who denies her entrance to a hospital
Hundreds are being treated in hospitals, but relatives are being denied visits on security grounds

A former hostage at a the window of a Moscow hospital
Some hospitalised hostages were able to see their relatives from afar

A woman shows photos of her son after failing to locate him at a hospital (AP)
Many are still wondering whether loves ones are still alive

President Putin hearing the news and giving his televised address on Saturday
President Putin showed emotion on hearing news of the operation, and later addressed the nation

A girl deposits flowers
Many Muscovites laid flowers outside the theatre

Scene outside the theatre (AP)
People also brought toys, as military trucks surrounded the theatre on Sunday

A couple lights a candle outside the theatre
And some lit candles to honour the hostages who lost their lives



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