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Russia: ‘I just looked out of the window and saw corpses’ – Beslan school siege survivor 03:07

Russia: ‘I just looked out of the window and saw corpses’ – Beslan school siege survivor

Russian Federation, Beslan
September 1, 2019 at 22:54 GMT -00:00 · Published

Survivors of the 2004 Beslan school siege recalled the scene 15 years after the terrorist attack on Sunday.

"They said: if you go beyond the threshold, they will shoot you and kill your son as well. Honestly, I was not going to run away anywhere, nothing, I did what they asked me to do" - explained Larisa Mamitova, a doctor who was held in hostage in school №1 in Beslan. The terrorists entrusted her with the role of go-between, she tried to connect them with Russian officials - "I looked out the window and saw corpses, one above the other," she said.

Alina Tsgoeva, who had multiple shrapnel wounds, also described her first emotions when she was brought to a hospital: "I said: everything is fine with me, where is my mom? Where are my sweets?"

She explained she had a birthday shortly after the siege, and so her mother get her sweets as a present to bring to school with her.

In 2004 terrorists seized the school and captured more than 1100 people including school students, their parents and teachers on September 1, which is officially the first day of school in Russia. Hostages spent three days in the school sports hall without food or water.

The Beslan school siege left more than 330 people dead including 186 children with 800 people injured

Russia: ‘I just looked out of the window and saw corpses’ – Beslan school siege survivor 03:07
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Survivors of the 2004 Beslan school siege recalled the scene 15 years after the terrorist attack on Sunday.

"They said: if you go beyond the threshold, they will shoot you and kill your son as well. Honestly, I was not going to run away anywhere, nothing, I did what they asked me to do" - explained Larisa Mamitova, a doctor who was held in hostage in school №1 in Beslan. The terrorists entrusted her with the role of go-between, she tried to connect them with Russian officials - "I looked out the window and saw corpses, one above the other," she said.

Alina Tsgoeva, who had multiple shrapnel wounds, also described her first emotions when she was brought to a hospital: "I said: everything is fine with me, where is my mom? Where are my sweets?"

She explained she had a birthday shortly after the siege, and so her mother get her sweets as a present to bring to school with her.

In 2004 terrorists seized the school and captured more than 1100 people including school students, their parents and teachers on September 1, which is officially the first day of school in Russia. Hostages spent three days in the school sports hall without food or water.

The Beslan school siege left more than 330 people dead including 186 children with 800 people injured

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