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Negotiator in Russia School Hostage Case Warns Revenge Could Ignite Regional Violence

The official sent by the Kremlin to negotiate with hostage takers in Beslan earlier this month warned Tuesday that violence could explode after the traditional 40-day mourning period for the victims of the Sept. 1 school attack that could cause the Caucasus region of southern Russia to “go up in flames.” “I have received information that there are certain powers in North Ossetia who want and are calling for the settling of scores with the Ingush as soon as the 40 days pass,” said the official, Ruslan Aushev, the former president of Ingushetia, which borders North Ossetia. In a news conference on Tuesday, his first public appearance since the crisis, he described his part in trying to calm the hostage takers and warned that such violence would only play into the hands of those who organized such attacks.Full Story

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