On 1 September 2004, militants linked to the Chechen separatist movement took more than 1,000 people hostage in Beslan's School Number One. More than 330 children and adults were killed during the rescue operation.
Russia has blamed the bloodbath on the hostage takers. It said federal forces stormed the school after the militants detonated a bomb positioned inside the school.
However, the North Ossetian parliamentary commission investigating the tragedy has come to conclusions that contradict some aspects of the official account of events given by federal authorities.
Yesterday, Deputy Parliament Speaker Stanislav Kesayev said the commission could not say for sure the hostage takers can be held responsible for the initial blast.