September 02, 2004

Explosions Heard in Russian School Standoff

John 11:35 "Jesus wept." Fox News:

Two large blasts went off Thursday near a school in southern Russia, where militants were holding hundreds of children and adults hostage.

The extremists were said to be heavily armed — some with bombs strapped to their bodies — as the standoff entered a second day. About 350 hostages were being held after terrorists stormed the school early Wednesday.

The explosions shook the area about 10 minutes apart, leaving a plume of black smoke in their wake. A soldier told FOX News that the terrorists fired on a car and that was the apparent source of the explosion.

The militants were also sporadically firing rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles from the school, FOX News has learned.

Thanks to Jeff Quinton for notifying me about this. He first heard the news from James Joyner. I don't know what to say. I'm speechless. Literally. I'm going to pray.

Update: Sigh of relief. Jeff pointed out that the Command Post is reporting that the terrorist scumbags blew up a car outside the building. A short reprieve, at the very least. Let's hope this situation turns out better than what I am expecting.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:08 AM | Comments |