Inside the Beslan School Siege, Part 2

Beslan Anniversary Series

Two years ago this week, armed militants seized a school in the southern Russian town of Beslan, taking more than 1,000 hostages. The militants demanded Russian troops leave nearby Chechnya, where they were in a pitched battle with Muslim separatist forces. Three days after the siege began, it ended in an explosion of violence that left hundreds died, including many children.

To conclude her two-part series, Kelly McEvers explores whether negotiations could have prevented the tragic end to the siege.

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