15 years ago, militants seized a Moscow theater and staged one of the worst terrorist attacks in Russian history
On the evening of October 23, 2002, terrorists seized the crowded Dubrovka Theater in Moscow during a performance of the musical “Nord Ost,” taking captive more than 900 people, including actors, audience members, and some children. The terrorists mined the building with explosives and held the crowd hostage for several days. On the morning of October 26, police stormed the theater. Officials later called the operation a success, despite the fact that as many as 174 people died as a result of the raid. The majority of these casualties, moreover, died in hospitals, after being freed.