» 10/04/2014, 00.00
Cross mounted on Church built on Beslan massacre site
The blessing ceremony was held after a liturgy of commemoration for the victims. Archbishop of Vladivkavkaz: "An event of historical significance". Ten years ago the terrorist attack, ended in a bloodbath.
Moscow (AsiaNews) - The Orthodox Church built in Beslan, North
Ossetia, on the site where the
children of the school No. 1 were
massacred, now has a Cross on its
highest dome. The ceremony of blessing and laying of the cross - presided over
by Archbishop Zosima of Vladivkavkaz,
- was held on October
3, in conjunction with a religious commemoration for the victims
of the attack. More than 180 children were killed in the 2004
is an event of great historical significance," the
archbishop said, speaking to the
people of Beslan gathered on the site of what was once the school gymnasium where the
terrorists held over a thousand
people hostage for three days. "In
the place where ten years ago the blood
of innocent children was shed, thanks
to the good will of many people, a church has been built - said the archbishop - May the cross that is being placed today
protect the people of Beslan and Ossetia from all evil. God bless you".
Those present at the ceremony
included many former hostages,
teachers and students of the school.
"I have been waiting for
this day - said Nadezhda Zaloeva-Gurieva, who
lost a daughter and a son in the attack -
Now, every morning, I'll see this cross from my balcony on the fifth floor".
From 1 to 3 September 2004, about 1,200 hostages were
herded into the school
gym, packed with explosives, and
denied water, food or to go to
the bathroom. The terrorist
commando, consisting of Chechens and Ingush, were calling for the independence of Chechnya. On the third day, the Russian
special forces unexpectedly raided the gym and
the outcome was a bloodbath. Responsibility
for the massacre has never been clarified. According to official estimates, 331 people
died, including 186 children. Of
an estimated 720 wounded, 135
are now invalid.
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