This Day in History: 2002-10-23
(October 23, 2002)
Fifty Chechen insurgents stormed a Moscow theatre, capturing 700 hostages. The rebels, who had bombs strapped to their bodies, demanded that Soviet forces leave Chechnya. Three days later, after the deaths of two hostages, Russian Special Forces attacked the building, killing the majority of the terrorists as well as 120 captives.
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