Originally Posted By DoubleFeed:
It is possible that the government deliberately underrreported the number because they were trying to keep the locals calm, or it is possible that they reported what they had confirmed, and weren't sure about the rest.
Think about what YOU would like for the Chechnyan Terrorists to KNOW about YOUR assessment of the situation!
I'd play my hand very, very close to the vest!
F'rinstance what if they Terrorists had only rounded up half the folks who were there, and they kept hearing a higher number of hostages being cited by the government in broadcasts?
They might go looking for some folks they had previously overlooked!
This is NOT LYING!
Get with the program, folks!