September 14, 2004

Beslan II prevented?

A bit dated (from Sept. 9th) but extremely important, nonetheless.

BBC: "Police in the Russian city of St Petersburg have found explosives, detonators and a gun in a cinema closed for repairs, Russian media have said."

The tireless Stan covered this story (his Beslan aftermath coverage continues as well...) and translated this article from

The school siege was well planned. Terrorists brought explosives, weapons, and food (canned goods and chocolate) back in July, when school was going through renovations. According to hostages, within the first minutes of the siege, the terrorists made male hostages rip up the floor, from under which they extracted their contraband.

Several of the terrorists' bodies have now been identified as the "construction workers" who remodeled the school. Their intent explains the low price they've charged.

I think half the blogosphere, save Stan, missed this one.

Posted by Kyer at September 14, 2004 02:12 AM