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Two Teenagers Killed in Bombing

In Dagestan, Musings on May 2, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Two teenage boys died in an explosion yesterday in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan, Russia’s southernmost province. The victims, ages 14 and 15, were instantly killed when a package they picked up on a city sidewalk exploded. Two passers-by were also injured in the blast.

Police believe the bomb was intended to intimidate the owner of a home goods store located directly adjacent to the explosion. According to the Dagestani Federal Security Service, a similar device had been planted beneath the building several months before. This was just the latest attempt to force the store owner to begin paying regular bribes to a criminal gang in Makhachkala.

It’s unclear if the bomb was meant to hurt bystanders, but the families of those injured and killed won’t notice the difference. Death can come when least expected. Just as the three killed last month in Boston were celebrating Patriot’s Day and the 117th running of the Boston Marathon, these two Dagestani boys were likely just out to enjoy Russia’s May 1 holiday and a day off school.

Perhaps we can begin to honor both the dead and the living. If we could not save the lives lost in Dagestan, perhaps we can begin to save the lives of our dearest friends. Perhaps we can hold in love the world that is dying around us.

Death tells me that fearing to love is foolish when all will fade away in the end. For what greater honor is there than to have loved and to have been loved?



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