Somalia's Islamic militants kill 2 for watching football mat
Somalia's militants kill two for watching football match
London, Jun (ANI): Islamic militants have killed two Somali football fans after they caught them watching World Cup football matches.
The Hizbul Islam group militants stormed a house near the capital Mogadishu where people were watching Nigeria play Argentina on Saturday and killed two people.
The areas of southern and central Somalia controlled by the Islamic militants are under a strict version of Islam. The group also arrested ten people for watching the match.
A Somali football fan adjusts the Television set for the group D game between Ghana and serbia
The next night, another 30 people were arrested as they watched the Germany-Australia game in the town of Afgoye, The Telegraph reports.
Sheikh Mohamed Abdi Aros, a spokesman for the militants, said Somalia should respect their ban on the World Cup and focus on pursuing jihad.
"We are warning all the youth of Somalia not to dare watch these World Cup matches," he said.
'Enemies of Islam' The ban dates back to a law that was introduced by the Islamic Courts Union who took control of much of Somalia for six months in 2006.
It bans Somalis from all forms of entertainment considered un-Islamic under the courts' strict interpretation of Sharia law, like video games and watching sports in public.
The BBC's Mohammed Olad Hassan says few individual Somalis can afford to have a satellite TV, so such public screenings are often the only way matches can be seen.
In the Juba Valley rebel militias went further, saying young men should not watch football - even in the privacy of their own homes - because it would "distract them from pursuing holy jihad."
A private broadcaster moved its equipment from the rebel-held Bakara market to the heavily protected airport so it can continue broadcasting, news agency Reuters reported.
They had to do it under the cover of darkness for fear of attack, they said.
Television was already under attack from the Islamist militants.
Al-Shabab has declared Universal TV "enemies of Islam" because they allegedly broadcast pictures of the prophet Muhammad.
Al-Shabab has already banned radio stations from playing music and threatened several radio stations.
The Islamic Courts Union was driven out by Ethiopian-backed government forces.
But since then rebel groups like al-Shabab have taken control of the south of Somalia and much of Mogadishu.
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