Sexual Terror: The Untold Stories of Beslan Jihad
18 Nov, 2008
- From the days of Prophet Muhammad, sexual terror has been an integral part of Islamic Jihad. The siege of the Beslan School by Islamic Jihadis in 2004 was no exception as reveals Dr. Schurman-Kauflin. -- Editor, MA Khan
Excerpt from Chapter 1, “Disturbed: Terrorist Behavioral Profiles” (2008)
- On September 1, 2004, terrorists stormed a school in Beslan,
Russia, and perpetrated one of the most heinous terror attacks in
history. Though many people may have heard of this attack, it is
very likely that most do not know what really happened there. The
reality is so dark that few dare speak of what went on.
There are predators in wait lurking everywhere searching for
unsuspecting victims. If a person has a proclivity or a secret
desire, that inclination can easily come out if an opportunity
arises. And that is what happened at Beslan. The terrorists
immediately killed the men because they wanted no resistance for
their plans. Then, when they saw the helpless girls in front of
them, the temptation became too much. Their perverse dreams came
Beslan was clearly a sexual homicide/sexual suicide. That is, the
offenders wanted more than simple terrorism. Some of the terrorists
at Beslan were hired guns who did not plan on dying that day. They
had not thought things through and did not realize that the Russians
would not let them out alive.
Then, once they were inside, and the realization dawned on them, plans changed.
Things had deteriorated when the media reported that there were
only 354 victims. Wanting to have a dramatic impact, the terrorists
exploded with anger. There were 1200 victims, and the Russians were
trying to down play the incident. The terrorists said they would
have to eliminate victims to fit with what the media had reported.
Their demeanor worsened, and they got really mean.
It was then that they began raping the girls. They wanted sex as
they killed, and this is sexual homicide. A sex killer gets excited
when he thinks about forcing himself inside an unwilling victim, but
the rape itself does not produce the ultimate excitement. It is the
rape followed by the killing that is arousing. This is what happened
One by one, females were targeted. The sex killers looked for the
perfect victims, and after zeroing in, they grabbed and disrobed the
little girls in the middle of the gym. There were muffled cries as
the girls were humiliated in front of everyone. They were stripped,
raped, and sodomized by several men. Not content to simply rape, the
terrorists used their guns and other objects to penetrate the
screaming victims while the other hostages were forced to watch. And
the terrorists laughed. They laughed as they violated the children
and made them bleed. What few people know is that some of the girls
died as a result of being raped with objects. The internal damage
was so severe that without immediate medical attention, the girls
bled to death. Those who managed to survive required extensive
reconstructive surgery and painful recoveries.
But raping the girls was not enough for the deviants who had
entered the school. The terrorists beat the other children. In fact,
beatings took place regularly, and as they pummeled the little ones,
the terrorists smiled and laughed. It was said that they would
strike a child and then watch the child cringe. When the youngsters
recoiled, their captors laughed. This says the offenders enjoyed
inflicting the suffering. They wanted their victims to suffer. Such
behavior is sadistic. Bringing others pain brings the sadist
pleasure. And the terrorists tortured the victims in many ways.
Along with causing paralyzing fear, the terrorists had an ally in
the weather. It was extremely hot outside, but the school had no
working air conditioner. As the heat raged, the hostages begged for
water, and at first, some was given. Time crept on, and the
terrorists became increasingly cruel. They drank in front of the
hostages and mocked the children who were crying out for water.
Things got so bad that the victims were forced to drink their own
urine. In some cases, the hostages poured urine over one another in
a feeble attempt to keep cool. Seeing the suffering enhanced the joy
of the perpetrators. In a twisted, ghoulish game, the terrorists put
water in front of the children who were desperately thirsty and told
them if they reached for the water, they would be killed.
Still, this horror wasn’t enough for the hostage takers. Raping,
beating, torturing, and mocking were just not evil enough. Thus, to
further frighten the victims, one terrorist stated “we came here to
die.” Russian Tagirovich Khuchbarov was called the “colonel.” When
the children asked for water or to use the restroom, he simply
stated “I’m not your uncle, I’m a terrorist … I came here to kill."
Up until this point, the hostages most likely believed they could
survive, but then…hearing these words…it meant they were to die too.
This surely would have made the victims scream in their minds. If
they cried out loud, they risked being beaten or shot.
As a crowd gathered outside the school, several terrorists goaded
the townspeople. It was said that they “took delight” in egging the
crowd on. They fired shots. They taunted. And again, they laughed.
This psychopathic, sadistic behavior continued into the night as
they ordered hostages to throw naked dead bodies out to the west
yard. Yet, the Russian government did not want to negotiate with
these offenders. Russian officials knew what they were dealing with:
men intent on murder. However, in any hostage event, negotiations
are necessary, but negotiations at Beslan were very difficult. When
offered food, the terrorists refused because they feared poisoning.
They had learned from Nord Ost and other terrorist standoffs. They
would not make the same mistakes at Beslan.
Knowing that the elite Alpha and Vympel (Russia Special forces)
would be called, the terrorists made it clear that if gas was used
or electricity shut off, they would kill hostages immediately. The
offenders had studied prior attacks and Russian counteroffensive
techniques. So, they knew that Russia would stop at nothing to end
the siege. With this knowledge, the terrorists had brought
amphetamines with them to help stave off fatigue. This made them
more wild and unpredictable. At one point, the terrorists allowed
some hostages to leave. They told some mothers that they could get
out with their babies and leave behind an older child or stay with
both children. Those who left a child behind will certainly be
tormented for the rest of their lives. At least one child who had
been left behind survived the ordeal. One can only imagine that she
could develop feelings of anger and maybe even hatred for the parent
who abandoned her with psychopathic sexual sadists.
Russian Special Forces stormed the school using various
techniques. Tanks were fired. Guns were fired. There were
explosions. Alpha and Vympel members risked their lives to go into
the school to save the children. In the end, nothing but bloodshed
was achieved that day at Beslan. There were 330 people who died. Of
those, 186 were the children. Blame has been tossed back and forth
between the Russian government and the terrorists.
Critics have argued that evidence points to the fact that several
of the terror attackers had been in Russian police custody prior to
the attack. There were questions as to how these people managed to
get out of jail to commit the atrocity, casting suspicion on the
government itself. Conspiracy theories follow most big terror
attacks. But there is no doubt that hostilities between the
terrorists and the Russian government were not quieted. In fact, due
to the horrific ending, anger has grown. In the end, this wretched
act accomplished nothing but mass murder. So why bother with such
attacks? Who are these people ready to lay down their lives for
What makes them tick?
© Deborah Schurman-Kauflin, Ph.D. “Disturbed” is now available for sale at: www.drdsk.com.
This article appeared in Family Security Matters on 17 Nov, 2008.
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