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Somali Soccer Fans Executed And Arrested For Watching World Cup


Somali Islamists killed two people and arrested over a dozen others for watching the World Cup on Television.   On Sunday and Monday, the militants from the Hizbul Islam group raided houses in the Mogadishu district of Somalia, which resulted in 2 deaths and 35 arrests.

Hizhul Islam and Al Shabaab groups control a large amount of the region and enforce  a strict interpretation of Islam which bans sports, music and dancing.  This is the first time that the World Cup has been held in South Africa, and some Somali residents have continued to watch the event regardless, using makeshift satellites and tuning into local FM stations.

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