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The investigation has established what provoked the end of the tragic events in Beslan.
According to the operational staff, the first explosion, which provoked the flight of the hostages, the terrorist shooting and the storming of the school, was unintentional: the line of one of the tripwire grenades simply broke and a grenade detonated. Improvised mines, the so-called cups, which are widely used by Chechen terrorists, were set up at the entrance to the gym. A "cup" is the lower half of a champagne bottle into which an unpinned grenade is placed. The "cups" are usually camouflaged and the thin line linked to it is stretched across the potential path of the victim. When the victim trips over the line, the "cup" turns over, the grenade tumbles out and explodes. The terrorists placed such improvised bombs in the gym and at the entrance to the school. Officers in the special operation say sticky tape had been used for the line. According to the official version, when the four members of the Emergencies Ministry entered the yard to pick up the bodies of hostages killed by the terrorists, one of the "cups" hanging by the door fell down, most probably because of heat, and exploded. As it was a tense moment for the terrorists, one of the women suicide bombers lost her nerve and blew herself up. The explosions provoked sporadic firing on both sides, and detonated the explosives in the lorry and bombs in the gym. Hostages ran out of the building, followed by the terrorists. In this situation, the spetsnaz began storming the school.
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