MAKHACHKALA, Russia — A bomb exploded Wednesday in a busy shopping area in the capital of Russia’s restive republic of Dagestan, killing at least two people, police said.
Two teenage boys who tried to open a box left near a store were killed when the bomb inside went off, police said.
The explosion in the city of Makhachkala also wounded an undetermined number of people, said an Interior Ministry spokeswoman.
Islamist insurgents frequently attack police and Russian security forces in Dagestan, with bombs often placed in cars or along roads. Wednesday’s explosion, however, may have been intended to frighten the owner of the store and force him to pay protection money, Russia’s National Anti-Terrorism Committee said in a statement.