Some Bosnian youths were killed while playing catch with a hand grenade. Two men, 19 and 20, and a 20-year-old woman were tossing the ball, er, dangerous explosive around in Novi Grad town center at 2AM when – and nobody saw this coming? – the grenade suddenly exploded, killing the guys at the scene and sending the woman to die en route to the hospital. All standersby, of course, were seriously injured. Here’s the curious part: An inquiry is underway because, according to the Reuters report, it’s not clear why the grenade exploded.
Meanwhile, back in Iraq, a newly formed tourist board in Baghdad, “the Venice of the east,” has big plans for an onslaught of tourists, now that the country features a new constitution and free elections, which apparently is all it takes to draw a crowd. In the works: a £48-million, 23-story luxury “7 1/2-star” hotel, a theme park, and cheap flights to and fro. As far as we know, however, all the architecture and antiquity that make Baghdad different from, say, LA, have been destroyed by bombs and looting. Perhaps when they say “tourists,” the 2,400 members of the tourist board really mean soldiers on “tours” of duty.