Russian women cry near the school where armed attackers are holding children and adults hostage in Beslan, in the province of North Ossetia near Chechnya, Sept. 1, 2004.
Suspected Chechen militants seize a school in southern Russia. Reports suggest between 120 to as many as 400 people are inside, many of them children. The militants threaten to blow up the school if Russian security forces try to storm the building. Hear NPR's Lawrence Sheets.