And up to 13 of them with hostages possibly have headed for a train junction, BBC news 24 has taken over BBC1 since I woke up, so around 10am at least.
Some are held up in houses outside of the school, the Russians obviously didn't have a very good net around it all.
But in support of the above, the school is most likely cleared of children now. Unknown number of injuries.
Considering how determined the hostage takers were, and the threat posed to both hostages indiscriminately and also to russian forces, it could could have been much worse.
It may well have ended up being a tactical, as opposed to a political decision. It certainly seemed as though it didn't fit into the military's plan.
We shall see in the aftermath as always.
I'm glad they've started being released/rescued. It was/is a horrible situation.
I think there are more people left in the school
The news said that the 13 hostage takers had barricaded themselves inside a nearby house, which is surrounded by Russian troops.
What a relief. Anyone have any idea what sparked it off? Just a few days before they said they weren't going to storm the place by force, and now, they have done the complete opposite. Did an explosive go off, then upon initiative decided to storm? If so, that would explain the absence of ambulances/doctors/resources/etc. If not, then it's simply poor planning.
180 Wounded, 10 dead. Hmm, thank God we have the SAS.