The terrorists who held hostages in the Moscow theatre, laid about 30 strongest mines in the building, a spokesperson for the operative headquarters told Interfax Saturday.
In his words, two devices were especially strong: 50 kg in TNT equivalent each. What is more, each of the 18 female kamikaze had from 0.8 to 2.0 kg of plastid with detonator strapped to the bodies. Other explosives with the strength of 3-4 kg in TNT equivalent each were laid in different parts of the building, including the roof.
The spokesperson for the operative headquarters stressed that if the explosives were detonated, all hostages would die. It is supposed that victims might amount to about one thousand.
Translated by Maria Gousseva
Read the original in Russian: http://accidents.pravda.ru/accidents/2002/10/35/285/1978_terrorism.html
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