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Monday, 4 November, 2002, 17:25 GMT
In pictures: Rebels seize Moscow theatre
Amateur video footage shown now on Russian television shows the moment a group of about 50 Chechen rebels burst onto the stage of a Moscow theatre last month in the middle of a performance, taking about 800 audience members hostage.

Performers on the stage
The performance began with no hint of the real-life drama that was about to unfold

A gunman and the actors on stage
A lone gunman (visible on the left) leapt on the stage and fired a shot

A gunman orders the actors off stage
He ordered the stunned actors off the stage

A gunman on the stage
Having taken control of the stage...

Gunmen on stage
He was joined by other rebels also wielding weapons

Gunmen force the orchestra out of the pit
The musicians in the orchestra were forced to climb out of the pit at gunpoint

A terrorist strapped with explosives mingles with the audience
Other rebels, whose bodies were strapped with explosives, moved throughout the audience

A female Chechen rebel
Some of the 50 or so Chechen rebels were women

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"The hostages slumped in their seats as the hours became days"

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