Sunday, September 05, 2004

Gholam-Ali Haddad Adel offers condolences to families of victims of Russian hostage crisis

Description of Selected News: "Majlis speaker offers condolences to families of victims of Russian hostage crisis

Tehran Times Political Desk
TEHRAN (MNA) -- Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad Adel condemned the recent hostage crisis in Russia which led to the killing of scores of children and adults in a school in Beslan, located in the North Ossetian Autonomous Republic of the Russian Federation.
Haddad Adel expressed his condolences to the bereaved families of the victims through letters to the leaders of the Russian State Duma and Federation Council.
In his letters, he strongly condemned the terrorist and inhumane act committed by the armed gang that attacked the Russian school.
Nearly 370 people died after pro-Chechen gunmen seized control of the school.
Children at the school had been celebrating the start of the new school year with parents and staff on Wednesday morning when the heavily-armed gang took them hostage.
The crisis ended in carnage on Friday, as Russian troops moved in after bombs went off inside the building. The North Ossetian regional government has confirmed 338 deaths in the siege, not including the 30 hostage-takers reported to have been killed in the fighting. A further 447 people were still in the hospital on Sunday afternoon, Russia's Interfax news agency reported."

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