ⓘ Timeline of the Beslan school siege

                                     

ⓘ Timeline of the Beslan school siege

The Beslan school hostage crisis began when armed Muslim terrorists took more than 1200 school children and adults hostage on 1 September 2004, at School Number One in the Russian town of Beslan in North Ossetia.

                                     

1. Timeline

All times in local Moscow Time Zone, UTC+3.

Monday 6 September 2004

  • Mass burials of up to 120 victims.
  • Putin orders two days of national mourning. Ceremonies held in all larger cities.

Tuesday 7 September 2004

  • Mass rally in at Kremlin in Moscow gathers around 135.000 people in a demonstration against terrorism.

17 September 2004

  • In a message to the website Kavkaz Center Chechen leader Basayev claimed responsibility for the school siege.

11 October 2004

  • Ceremony in Beslan to mark the end of the traditional 40 days of mourning.

16 February 2005

  • Abu Zaid Al-Kuwaiti, suspected of preparing and organizing attack against Beslan, commits suicide when surrounded by Russian special forces.

November, 2005

  • Abu Omar al-Saif, suspected financier and organiser of attack against Beslan, commits suicide or is killed when surrounded by Russian special forces.

26 May 2006

  • Nur-Pashi Kulayev, the only known terrorist to survive the hostage taking is sentenced to life in prison.

10 July 2006

  • Basayev is killed in the Russian republic of Ingushetia after a "special operation", according to FSB security service chief Patrushev.
                                     

1.1. Timeline Thursday 2 September 2004

  • 9:00 PM: Ongoing negotiation with hostage-takers continue throughout the night to allow delivery of food and water and medicine to the hostages.
  • 3:30 PM: Two rocket propelled grenades are fired by hostage-takers at the security forces outside the school.
  • 10:00 AM: Roshal renews negotiations with hostage-takers. They are given guarantee of safe passage out of North Ossetia as well as large sums of money. Hostage-takers reject both offers.
  • Night: UN Security Council votes to condemn the hostage taking.
  • 12:00 PM: Russian Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev and head of FSB Nikolai Patrushev arrive in Beslan to set up a crisis team.
  • 10:00 AM: Ruslan Aushev enters school and negotiates face to face with terrorists.
  • 11:00 AM: Putin addresses the nation for the first time since the crisis began, saying his main concern is the lives and health of the hostages.
  • Early morning: After negotiations throughout the night have failed to reach an agreement, the hostage takers decided to deny the already exhausted hostages all food or water.
  • Morning: President Vladimir Putin postpones state visit to Turkey.
  • 8:00 PM: Officials revise their estimates of the number of hostages from around 350 to more than 1000.
  • 12:40 PM: Ruslan Aushev fails to come to an agreement with the hostage-takers, but manage to convince them to release nursing babies and their mothers, 26 in all.
                                     

1.2. Timeline Friday 3 September 2004

  • 9:20 PM: Confirmed deaths rise above 200. 79 identified.
  • 2:15 PM: Five attackers killed.
  • 1:40 PM: Russian specialist forces surge into school gym.
  • 10:08 PM: Three terrorists reported taken alive.
  • 11:00 PM: Russian officials count 31 killed hostage-takers.
  • 3:55 PM: Three attackers trapped in the school basement with a number of hostages they use as human shields.
  • 2:00 PM: More hostages are freed from the gym by Russian forces which are combing the buildings.
  • 5:30 PM: Russian forces report the assault on the school was unplanned.
  • 3:15 PM: Most of the hostages freed. More than 100 bodies found in the school, mostly in the gym where the initial explosions took place and the roof collapsed.
  • 5:35 PM: One hostage-taker, Nur-Pashi Kulayev, tried to pass himself off as a wounded hostage then got recognised and was almost lynched by an enraged mob.
  • 3:25 PM: A group of about 13 escaped terrorists holed up in local home south of the school. They are surrounded by Russian forces and destroyed by a group of T-72 tanks.
  • 1:10 PM: Russian specialist forces move in.
  • 2:05 PM: Russian forces report they have most of the school under control.
  • 2:40 PM: Russian forces blow holes in school walls to allow more hostages to escape.
  • 9:50 PM: Sporadic fighting continues despite reports that all attackers have been destroyed. Crisis centre reports two attackers have been killed within the last hour.
  • 9:00 PM: 646 people reported admitted to hospitals, amongst them 227 children.
  • 1:30 PM: Gym roof collapses, crushing many hostages in the rubble underneath. Ambulances ferry escaped hostages to nearby makeshift military hospital.
  • 8:15 PM: School crisis coordination centre reports all the attackers have been suppressed.
  • 2:28 PM: Paramedics enter gym.
  • 12:50 PM: Attackers agree to let medical workers retrieve the bodies of previously killed hostages dumped outside the school buildings. Two trucks approach to pick up the bodies.
  • 1:05 PM: Two of the explosives in the gym detonate, blowing out the windows and partially destroying one wall. Many hostages die outright, many others are wounded. Other hostages take it as a signal to flee. Terrorists fire on fleeing women and children. About 30 hostages escape alive.
  • 6:50 PM: Fighting ends in basement. All terrorists killed.
  • 2:30 PM: Group of hostage-takers make a stand in the school cafeteria using women and children as human shields.
  • 1:45 PM: A group of attackers flee the school, pursued by Russian forces.
  • 12:59 PM: Medical workers approaching building are being fired at by the terrorists.


                                     

1.3. Timeline Saturday 4 September 2004

  • 11:00 AM: Official numbers of deaths now tops 322 including 155 children.
  • 3:30 PM: Putin in a televised speech to the nation admits to deficiencies in handling of the hostage crisis, saying" Weak people are beaten.”
  • 6:00 PM: Beslan residents are allowed into the destroyed school.
  • 9:54 AM: Six heavily injured children flown to Moscow for specialist treatment.
  • 3:15 AM: Putin orders Beslan sealed and the borders of North Ossetia closed as security forces continue to search for participants in the school massacre.
  • 8:00 AM: Putin confirms the storm on the school was not planned.
  • 4:00 AM: Putin flies to Beslan and visits local hospitals.
                                     

1.4. Timeline Sunday 5 September 2004

  • First of the funerals take place.
  • Russian patriarch Alexius II presides over a mass in Moscow to pray for the victims of the tragedy.
  • Official death toll now at 355, 207 identified. 700 injured. 386 hospitalized, 58 in critical condition.
                                     

1.5. Timeline Monday 6 September 2004

  • Mass burials of up to 120 victims.
  • Putin orders two days of national mourning. Ceremonies held in all larger cities.


                                     

1.6. Timeline Tuesday 7 September 2004

  • Mass rally in at Kremlin in Moscow gathers around 135.000 people in a demonstration against terrorism.
                                     

1.7. Timeline 17 September 2004

  • In a message to the website Kavkaz Center Chechen leader Basayev claimed responsibility for the school siege.
                                     

1.8. Timeline 11 October 2004

  • Ceremony in Beslan to mark the end of the traditional 40 days of mourning.
                                     

1.9. Timeline 16 February 2005

  • Abu Zaid Al-Kuwaiti, suspected of preparing and organizing attack against Beslan, commits suicide when surrounded by Russian special forces.
                                     

1.10. Timeline November, 2005

  • Abu Omar al-Saif, suspected financier and organiser of attack against Beslan, commits suicide or is killed when surrounded by Russian special forces.
                                     

1.11. Timeline 26 May 2006

  • Nur-Pashi Kulayev, the only known terrorist to survive the hostage taking is sentenced to life in prison.


                                     

1.12. Timeline 10 July 2006

  • Basayev is killed in the Russian republic of Ingushetia after a "special operation", according to FSB security service chief Patrushev.
                                     
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