But they stabbed our bleeding friend right in his heart with a big wide knife, the kind they make in North Caucasus.
Dagestan, the biggest and most populated republic of the North Caucasus, is a place where insurgents often strike.
Tom is especially interested in the North Caucasus region.
Many in the neighboring North Caucasus republics say they envy Chechnya its strong leader.
The history of horrors in the North Caucasus is so extraordinary and so long as to seem almost otherworldly.
Autumn is the wedding season in the North Caucasus, where parties can last up to two days.
And many of those female suicide bombers hail from Dagestan, a violent region in the North Caucasus.