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The official version just isn’t enough in Beslan

The 45-year-old police officer remembers the sound clearly. She had been stretching her arms upward to relieve the ache of sitting for almost three days on a hardwood floor in a gymnasium full of hostages. The sound was like a stone flying through a window. She felt a sharp pain in her right hand and noticed blood running down her forearm. Then came the explosions, the gun battles and the rest of the mayhem that ended the siege of School No. 1 in the town of Beslan, one year ago next week. The death toll reached 331 — 186 of them children. Months later, Ms. Dudieva stood in a cramped courtroom lined with fake wood panelling and described her memory. She thought it could provide a crucial clue, a hint about how the besieged school turned into a slaughterhouse. Full Story

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