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article imageBomb kills two in Dagestan capital

By Stephen Morgan     May 2, 2013 in World
Violence has hit the troubled Russian republic of Dagestan again, when a bomb exploded in the capital Makhachkala yesterday killing two people
Reuters reports than 2 teenagers died when a bomb exploded in a busy market. Police described it as a makeshift device. According to ABC, the two boys found a cardboard box outside a store, which exploded when they looked inside. CNN says two other people were injured in the blast and are reported to be in a stable condition in hospital.
Dagestan is where the two Boston bombers spent some months before the attack, possibly in contact with Islamic extremist groups. However, the Russian police made no mention of Islamist terrorism. According to the Washington Post, the police think that the explosion was probably intended to scare the owner of the shop in an attempt to force him to pay protection money. The owner apparently found a similar device three months ago, but it didn't detonate
Dagestan is a mainly Muslim autonomous republic in southern Russia, where separatist tendencies have become mixed with a growing tide of Islamic fundamentalism similar to surrounding republics like Chechnya. Last year, 450 police and terrorists were killed in shoot-outs in Dagestan. However, it is also a poor region, where bribery and corruption flourish and competing clans, criminal gangs and religious militias often clash with the security forces.
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