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Russian prosecutors blame Beslan siege deaths on terrorists, not authorities

[JURIST] Russian prosecutors leading the probe into the September 2004 Beslan school siege [BBC report, MosNews report] issued a report Monday concluding that Chechen terrorists, not Russian authorities, were to blame for the deaths of 330 people, mostly children. Another 783 were wounded. Relatives of the victims have blamed the tragedy on officials who they claim failed to stop the gunmen. An earlier report by a local parliamentary commission concluded that polices forces were also responsible for the deaths [JURIST report]. Russia's Deputy Prosecutor-General Nikolay Shepel said that the security forces had followed proper procedure and did not provoke the explosions and firefights. The report warned, however, that Russia was ill prepared to prevent terrorist attacks and protect its population against terrorist threats. MosNews has local coverage. BBC News has more.

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