A hero policeman who rescued a six-month-old girl from a terrorist siege on a school in Russia met the girl 17 years later in an emotional reunion.
Elbrus Gogichaev was invited to Alyona Tskaeva’s graduation ceremony after escorting her to safety from the infamous attack on Beslan number one school.
A total of 334 people were killed, including 186 children, when Chechen Islamist terrorists took over the school in 2004 and held everyone hostage.
Alyona’s mother Fatima was trapped inside with her three children during the three-day siege.
On the second day, the terrorists allowed babies to be released from school.
So Fatima gave her baby to Gogichaev, a special police officer who took Alyona to safety.
Fatima ran back into the house to look after her other two children, Makharbek (three) and Kristina (six).
Incredibly, Fatima was able to throw Makharbek out of a broken window along with other children.
But she and her third child Kristina were killed in the explosions and gunfire on the third and final day of the siege.
Alyona and Makharbek were raised by their widowed father, Ruslan Tskaev.
Now, 17 years later, Alyona has been reunited with the retired police officer she calls Uncle Elbrus for a completely different school occasion.
They met and hugged at the school gates, where he said, “Everything will be fine with you, Alyonka (Alyona).”
The two spoke and posed for a photo, but the shy ex-officer declined to speak to reporters.
Local police feel guilty for not saving so many women and children from the siege.
Some in Russia believe that police operations contributed to the high number of civilian casualties.
Before graduation, Gogichaev had told friends, “I really want to see them, but I’m scared to remember all these horrors.”
The 32 terrorists were killed and 700 people injured during the siege.