Beslan school hostage crisis:
On September 1, 2004 Islamic militants took more than 1,000 people hostage (many of them children) inside a school in the Russian town of Beslan.
During the siege terrorists rigged the building with explosives and put many of the hostages in the school’s gym. Uncompliant hostages were shot on the spot without warning, and crying children were threatened with death.
Hostage takers used drugs such as heroin and morphine in order to stay awake.
Three days into the siege the school the roof collapsed in an explosion. A fire ensued and the building was stormed by Russian troops soon after.
Almost 400 people would die, nearly half of them children.
September 3, 2004 - 7 years ago today