Moscow theater hostage crisis, part 3:
On the third day of the hostage crisis, Russian troops finally decided to storm the theater where 40 Chechen terrorists had been holding 850 innocent people hostage.
The hostages were being held in front of the stage with a massive bomb whose detonator was always held by a female terrorist. With a moment’s notice she could conceivably kill everyone inside. Many more female terrorists occupied the area wearing explosive belts/vests.
Russian troops decided to fill the theater with a poisonous gas which they hoped would subdue the terrorists. After thirty minutes of pumping it inside they were terrified to see a hostage escape, fearing the gas wasn’t working.
Hours later they stormed the building and killed all the terrorists inside, whether they put up a fight or had been knocked out and unconscious in the preceding hours.
As they started evacuating hostages, there was almost no medical help on scene to combat the chemical poison which they had been ingesting into their bodies for hours.
By the end of it all at least 129 hostages died - it is estimated that almost every single one of them perished due to the gas that was pumped into the theater leading up the the storming of the theater.
Nevertheless, the cause of death on each of their death certificates was labeled as “terrorism.”
October 26, 2002 - 9 years ago today.