Militants Hold Children Hostage at Russian School

Russian women cry near the school where armed attackers were holed up. Credit: Reuters

Russian women stood near the school where armed attackers held people hostage in Beslan, in the province of North Ossetia near Chechnya. Reuters hide caption

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Russian women cry near the school where armed attackers were holed up. Credit: Reuters

Russian women cry near the school where armed attackers were holed up. Reuters hide caption

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Armed Chechen militants seize up to 400 people at a school in southwest Russia and threaten to kill their hostages, half of whom are children. The group says it will use bombs to destroy the school, which is surrounded by security forces. NPR's Lawrence Sheets reports.