The forces that orchestrated the terrorist attack in Beslan continue to act in Syria and other states, South Ossetia’s President Anatoly Bibilov said in his interview with to a Rossa Primavera News Agency reporter commenting on the Beslan massacre in 2004.
“Thank God that in those hard times the Russian Federation had the strength not just to neutralize the manifestations of terrorism that were observed almost all over the North Caucasus, but to put an end to them.
But terrorism in the North Caucasus did not exist on its own. Those, who armed and provided these terrorist organizations with weapons at that time, today continue to do so outside the region, in Syria, for example, and in other states. Clear parallels can be drawn to Georgia, which chose terrorism as its state policy at one time and whose leadership carried out several terrorist acts in South Ossetia,” Bibilov stated.
The South Ossetian President also stressed that “Terrorism can only be defeated if it is destroyed worldwide. We must not allow another ‘Beslan’ to take place. We will never forget what happened 15 years ago”.
Starting from September 1, the mourning events dedicated to the 15th anniversary of the hostage-taking in school No. 1 in Beslan are being held in Russia, North and South Ossetia. On September 1, 2004, over 30 terrorists took adults and children hostage during the festive events dedicated to the begin of a new school year. Terrorists tortured the hostages, created inhuman conditions for them, and deprived them of water and food for 3 days. 1128 people were taken hostage. As a result of the tragedy, 334 people were killed, including 186 children. Besides that, ten officers of the Special Purpose Center of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), two employees of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, and 15 police officers were killed.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency