Skip to comments.Russian TV shows 'hostage-taker'
Posted on 09/05/2004 2:25:53 PM PDT by Apollo
Russian TV has shown pictures of a man who is believed to have been one of the hostage-takers at the school in the southern town of Beslan. Channel One state television showed the man being dragged into a room by two masked commandoes.
His hands cuffed and locked behind his back, he makes a plea to the camera.
It is the very first evidence provided by the Russian authorities to back up their claim to have captured three of the hostage-takers alive.
In the footage, shown on Sunday evening, the man, whose accent strongly suggests he is from the region and not a foreigner, makes a plea to the camera.
"I really didn't go there to die and I still don't want to die. I swear, I swear to Allah the almighty, that I want to live," he says.
The presenter says the alleged hostage-taker was trying to escape when the special forces caught him.
He had apparently shaved off his beard and was trying to flee with the liberated hostages.
The report was highly triumphalist and ended with images of the corpses of the dead hostage-takers crawling with flies.
The reports may go some way to reassuring ordinary Russians, many of whom are confused by the contradictory messages about casualty figures and exactly what happened in Beslan.
The incident has been a massive embarrassment for the Kremlin, but the message from state television tonight is that everything is now under control.
So did those you killed. They should turn him loose in the middle of Beslan.
What a damned coward. I hope he dies a slow, painful death.
(Graphic) Relatives Identify Dead Children In The City Morgue of Vladikavkaz
Should have ended showing them being fed to pigs.
"Hostage taker"? My how sensitive.
Let the victims families have him...and may they torture him the same as he did to these poor people.
This is one of Islam's so called "holy scriptures."
Ishaq:341 Allah favored His Apostle and humiliated the unbelievers. They were put to shame in captivity and death. The Apostles victory was glorious. Its message is plain for all to see. The Lord brought repeated calamities upon the pagans, bringing them under the Apostles power. Allahs angry army smote them with their trusty swords. Many a lusty youngster left the enemy lying prone. Their women wept with burning throats for the dead were lying everywhere. But now they are all in Hell.
OMG, that link is absolutely heartbreaking.
I'll wager he doesn't look as good right now.
Words fail me.
BTW what does "highly triumphalist" mean?
Has the BBC gone wacko?
They should make him kneel on the floor with no food or water untill he croaks. Then liberally stuff him full of pig guts and stand his carcass up on a pike for all to see.
It's high time to give terrorists what they so richly deserve.
No, just handcuff him to an electric chair and drape him with bacon about twenty minutes before throwing the switch.
Make him watch while his gallows is built, then hang the bastard.
What this situation really needs is heads on pikes.
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