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

on television.

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.