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03 September 2007
Three years after terrorist attack on the School No. 1 in Beslan: the schools' sports room attracts many pilgrims

A big wooden cross erected in the center of the sports room of the Beslan's School No. 1 attracted many pilgrims who came to remember the terrorist attack victims last weekend.

On those days, crowds of people, including many students, state officials, and just commoners, were coming to the ruins of the school to bring flowers and memorial candles to the cross in the sports room, an Interfax-South correspondent reported.

The walls of the sports room, in which the hostages had been held, were covered with pictures of murdered children and wreaths were placed all along the corridors. Mournful music played from the speakers near the school day and night.

On the last weekend, the memorial services were held in many Russian cities. Special service was celebrated by Metropolitan Vladimir of St. Petersburg and Ladoga in the Laura of St. Alexander Nevsky in St. Petersburg last Saturday.

On September 1, 2004, Beslan's Primary and High School No. 1 was seized by a terrorist group that took over 1,200 hostages and held them in the explosives-packed sports room for three days. The attack resulted 330 deaths including 180 children.

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