30 arrested in Somalia for watching WCup match
Witnesses say a Somali Islamic militia group has arrested 30
people, including a 15-year-old boy, for watching a World Cup match
The witnesses say the militiamen stormed two private homes
Sunday night in the town of Afgoye, near the Somali capital, while
the football fans watched the Germany-Australia game. The
militiamen were members of the Hizbul Islam group.
Hizbul Islam, just like its ally, the al-Qaida linked al-Shabab
group, has imposed a strict version of Islam in the areas they
control in southern and central Somalia.
For example, in April, Hizbul Islam banned Mogadishu-based radio
stations from playing music, labeling it un-Islamic, in a move
reminiscent of Taliban rule in Afghanistan.