AP NSL Media Journal Week #1 (2)

AP NSL Media Journal Week #1 (2) - September 2 2004...

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September 2, 2004 Militants at Russian school release at least 26 hostages By Mike Eckel, The Associated Press BESLAN, Russia — Camouflaged security agents carried babies to safety after militants holding hundreds of hostages at a school released at least 26 women and children today, and officials expressed hope that negotiations would bring more progress in the standoff in southern Russia. But a crowd of hostages' relatives keeping vigil outside the school was shaken when a pair of explosions went off just ahead of the release. Officials said militants fired rocket-propelled grenades at two cars that got too close to the school. The developments came after a night of telephone negotiations between Russian authorities and the militants, who stormed the school Wednesday, rounding up hundreds of children and adults into a gym and threatening to blow up the building if police launch an assault. Local official Lev Dzugayev said 26 women and children of various ages were released and called their freedom "the first success," expressing hope for further progress in negotiations. Other officials also said 26 were freed, but an official at the headquarters for the rescue operation said another group of five people was released separately. Dzugayev also said his earlier statement that 354 hostage were seized might have been too low, and many in the anxious crowds in Beslan said they believed the number was much higher. "Putin: at least 800 people are being held hostage," read a sign held up for television cameras. Dzugayev has said between 15 and 24 militants were thought to be in the school, which had students from grades one to 11. Also taken hostage in the standoff were some parents who were bringing their older children to school while carrying with them babies or preschoolers. The hostage-taking in Beslan, a town of about 30,000 in the southern region of North Ossetia,
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AP NSL Media Journal Week #1 (2) - September 2 2004...

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