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Foreign special services interested in studying Beslan

MOSCOW. Oct 29 (Interfax) - Members of foreign special services have studied the methods used in handling the Beslan school siege, Federal Security Service Chief Nikolai Patrushev told reporters on Friday.

"Representatives of special services came here and asked for permission to familiarize themselves with materials relating to that operation. We have provided them with access to that information. They traveled to the scene, made evaluations, and we will surely listen to what they have to say," Patrushev said.

The special services of several countries have recently intensified the exchange of experience in the fight against terrorism, Patrushev said. Three international conferences have been held in Russia, which involved representatives of the special services and law enforcement agencies of over eighty countries, he said.

"We are exchanging experience. We are borrowing the positive things that they have, and they are using our experience, as well," he said.