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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 02-10-26

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From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] Weather forecast
  • [02] Theatre siege ends violently

  • [01] Weather forecast

    Sunny weather is forecast in all parts of the country with light cloud in the east and south during the morning. Winds northerly, light to moderate, turning strong in the southern Aegean. In the north, temperatures will range from 9C to 20C; in the Ionian from 12C to 24C; and in the Aegean from 16C to 25C. Temperatures in Athens between 16C and 24C; and in Thessaloniki from 13C to 20C.

    (26/10/2002 11:51:00 )

    [02] Theatre siege ends violently

    Russian security forces have brought a dramatic end to the three-day siege in a Moscow theatre, where about 50 Chechen rebels were holding hundreds of people hostage.

    Hundreds of heavily-armed troops stormed the building at dawn after the rebels began executing their captives.

    The head of the Russian security service, Nikolai Patrushev, said 34 of the Chechens were killed and several others were arrested. He said none had escaped.

    Earlier reports had spoken of concern that some of the Chechen rebels had slipped away undetected

    The group's leader, Movsar Barayev, was among those who died in the fierce gun battle.

    The bodies of a number of dead hostages are reported to have been brought out of the building.

    At least 20 ambulances were seen carrying casualties away from the scene.

    But Reuters news agency quoted an Australian diplomat as saying that no more than 10 hostages - none of them foreign to the best of his knowledge - had been killed.

    Reports say Russian President Vladimir Putin did not specifically order the operation, but was informed after it began.

    The special forces used sleeping gas to subdue the rebels and a number of hostages were brought out unconscious, state-controlled ORT television reported.

    About two hours after the raid, the channel showed pictures of the theatre strewn with bodies, some severely mutilated, others with their heads down as if they had passed out.

    Meanwhile, G8 Foreign Ministers including Russia denounced the Chechens&#8217; intrusion and the Greek President of the Hellenic Republic described their action as denouncing and despising.

    From his side, Press Deputy Minister Tilemachos Chytiris described the fanatic Muslims&#8217; escalation with the West as dangerous, stressing the need on behalf of the international community to take brave measures.

    (26/10/2002 11:53:00 )


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