322 dead in Russia siege (and likely more)

“Putin orders security clampdown amid search for militants

BESLAN, Russia (CNN) — The death toll in the Russian hostage crisis has climbed to 322 as President Vladimir Putin ordered a security clampdown and forces searched for participants in the massacre.

Russian Deputy Prosecutor Sergei Fridinsky said Saturday 322 bodies, including those of 155 children, had been recovered from the scene of the siege in the southern town of Beslan.

The toll could rise slightly if investigators find more bodies in the rubble of the school, Fridinsky said. Officials previously put the toll at 250.”

I fully expect this to exceed 400 victims. The numbers are really just overwhelming. More to come on this and issues surrounding it.

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