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Beslan Rescue "full of holes"
The operation to free hostages held at a school in Beslan in 2004 was full of "failures and shortcomings" a Russian investigator has said.
Alexander Torshin, the man leading a federal enquiry, said regional police failed to follow orders which could have prevented an attack.
His preliminary findings contrast with a prosecutor's report which said security forces had made no mistakes.
That angered relatives of the 331 people who were killed at the school.
He told MPs "the list of failures and shortcomings is long."
Who is to blame for the first explosion in the school's gym - with more than 1,000 people in it - that led to the assault by Russian troops?
And why did the troops fire tank shells and flame-thowers - a move many in Beslan believe resulted in the deaths of 331 people.
The testimony of My Kulayev - who in May pleaded not guilty to all nine charges against him - also significantly differed from the version presented by the prosecutors.
The 24-year old Chechen carpenter said the first blast happened after a sniper killed one of the hostage-takers, who was holding a detonator.
Several survivors testified that just before the explosion they saw one of the gunmen controlling the detonator slumping off the chair.