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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Leader Says 2nd Beslan Prevented

Karachayevo-Cherkessia President Mustafa Batdiyev said Wednesday that local authorities had prevented a terror attack against a school.

"Somewhat less than a month ago, a terrorist act similar to the one in Beslan was averted," Batdiyev said on NTV television. "It was in Karachayevsk that a school seizure was prepared."

News agencies, however, citing officials in Batdiyev's administration, reported that the attack had been planned for Cherkessk, the republic's capital, and that it had been foiled four months ago.

There was no explanation for the discrepancies.

The six would-be suicide-bombers -- including two young women -- were surrounded in an apartment in the city of Cherkessk and killed in mid-May. Itar-Tass said investigators determined the gang had planned to seize a school in Cherkessk or in the nearby city of Ust-Dzhegut.

At the time, security officials in Cherkessk referred to the group as Islamic extremists, but no details of their alleged crimes were revealed.