Previous reports said at least five children and seven adults were killed and more than 300 others wounded. Television pictures earlier today showed children, many of them naked, running for safety amid shooting and explosions.
Russian authorities say they now have control of the school, but gunfire could still be heard at the scene several hours later.
There are also unconfirmed reports that as many as 13 of the hostage takers may have escaped in the confusion.
(compiled from agency reports)
For full coverage on the hostage situation in North Ossetia, see RFE/RL's webpage on Ossetia.