Moscow theater hostage crisis

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2002 Nord-Ost siege
LocationMoscow, Russia
Coordinates55°43′34″N 37°40′24″E / 55.72611°N 37.67333°E / 55.72611; 37.67333Coordinates: 55°43′34″N 37°40′24″E / 55.72611°N 37.67333°E / 55.72611; 37.67333
Date23 October 2002; 20 years ago (2002-10-23)
TargetDubrovka Theater
Attack type
Mass hostage taking
Deaths171 (including all 40 insurgents)
Non-fatal injuries
Over 700

Movsar Barayev (leader) 
Abu Bakar (deputy leader) 
Shamil Basayev (claimed responsibility for organization)
MotiveIndependence for Chechnya and the withdrawal of Russian troops
Shamil Basaev took the responsibility for the terrorist attack

The Moscow theater hostage crisis (also known as the 2002 Nord-Ost siege) was a terrorist attack of the Dubrovka Theater by Chechen terrorists on 23 October 2002. According to the attackers, they belonged to Islamist separatist movement in Chechnya.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Modest Silin, Hostage, Nord-Ost siege, 2002". Russia Today. 27 October 2007. Archived from the original on 26 June 2008.