Islamists kill two in Cup ban

Witnesses have claimed that at least two people were killed when Islamist gunmen opened fire on a group of protesters who were campaigning against the ban on World Cup viewing at a cinema in central Somalia.

    The group started their protest after they were banned from watching the semi final between Germany and Italy by Islamists.

     

    The militia loyal to Somalia’s Sharia courts fired first into the air to break up the crowd before firing on them when the protest increased.

     

    "They closed the hall and forced viewers to go home but this angered everybody and prompted a demonstration," one witness told AFP on condition of anonymity.

     

    Those killed included cinema owner Mohamed Hirsi Dhore and a young girl Sahro Ondhoweyne.

     

    "They said they will not allow any cinema to operate," another witness said.

     

    The Islamists who seized several provincial towns from US-backed warlords have been enforcing Sharia law which includes a ban on cinema and television.

     

    At least two people were killed last month during similar protests.

     

    World Cup broadcasts have drawn criticism from clerics who view some elements of the broadcast, particularly advertisements for alcohol, as evil.

     

    The ban had been previously repealed after the first fatal shootings and residents had been allowed to watch the World Cup in some areas of the city.

     

    The Islamic courts had first closed down cinema halls showing Hollywood and Bollywood films last year claiming they were contravention of the strict interpretation of Islam.

    SOURCE: AFP


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    From Qatar to Alaska, a personal journey exploring what it means to belong when your culture is endangered.