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Beslan probe blames rebels, not Russian officials

The head of a probe into Russia’s Beslan school tragedy has said terrorists alone were to blame for it, remarks that suggested bureaucrats accused of failing to stop the raid could be exonerated. Some 330 people — half of them children — died after Chechen gunmen took them hostage in a school in southern Russian for three days in September 2004. Most died in a series of sudden explosions and firefights at the end but it is still not clear what sparked the carnage. Full Story

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