RFE/RL PRAGUE - The hostage takers kept their victims packed for three days in the school's sweltering gym. When the siege ended on Sept. 3 in a chaotic and bloody battle between the militants and Russian forces, more than 330 people were dead 's including 186 children. The tragedy drew unanimous condemnation worldwide. German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder called the hostage takers "terrorists without conscience who tried to reach political goals by murdering people." Chechen separatist leader Aslan Maskhadov also condemned the siege and its alleged mastermind, radical field commander Shamil...
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