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  Russian troops 'end school siege'
Updated 03 September 2004, 14.38
A girl is carried to safety
Russian troops have stormed into the school where up to 1,000 adults and children were being held hostage, bringing the siege to an end.

Several members of the armed gang who took over the school on Wednesday were reported to have been killed.

Troops entered the school after a fierce gun battle broke out on Friday, reportedly sparked by an attempt by a group of hostages to break free.

Sadly, reports say dozens of bodies have been found in the school gym.

Explosions were heard
Explosions were heard

Children were shown being helped by soldiers, drinking water and being taken for medical care.

Part of the school in the town of Beslan in North Ossetia has collapsed.

Dozens of military helicopters were circling the school and an emergency hospital was set up near the scene.

Beslan, Russia
Beslan, Russia

It was believed that the hostage-takers were campaigning for Russian soldiers to leave a region called Chechnya.

Beslan is close to Chechnya - a region in Russia that wants to be its own country.



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