Grieving Beslan marks siege end

The town of Beslan in southern Russia has held a final ceremony to mark the anniversary of a school siege in which 331 people, 186 of them children, died. Bells on the site of the school marked the moment of the first of the blasts that led to the end of the siege.Many of the relatives were overwhelmed with grief as a minute’s silence was held and white balloons, one for each of the victims, were released.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered an inquiry into the tragedy.As the final ceremonies were being held, and a day after he met a delegation of bereaved mothers, Mr Putin announced he had ordered the prosecutor general to send investigators to Beslan. Full Story

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