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    » 10/04/2014, 00.00

    RUSSIA

    Cross mounted on Church built on Beslan massacre site

    Nina Achmatova

    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 assault.

    "This 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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    See also

    03/09/2005 RUSSIA
    Beslan mothers 'believe' in Putin's promises
    Russian President says that he does not yet have any answer for the 'hard questions" the mothers made in the Kremlin but assures them that "the truth shall be revealed".

    31/08/2005 RUSSIA
    Orthodox and Catholics mourn together those who died in Beslan
    On the eve of the first anniversary of the tragedy, Aleksij II invites the faithful to pray and show their solidarity to the survivors. The Metropolitan of Moscow says that "this year's attacks echo the one in Beslan".

    07/09/2004 RUSSIA
    Chechen leaders' relatives say stop terrorism, punish massacre perpetrators


    31/08/2005 RUSSIA
    Beslan: amid the official clamour, families fast in silence


    25/08/2005 RUSSIA
    Beslan mothers end occupation of Russian Supreme Court
    The 15-member group demands government officials responsible for letting the massacre happen be charged.



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