“The reason the young men were rewarded with weapons is to encourage
them to participate in the ongoing holy war against the enemies of
Allah in Somalia,” said Sheikh Abdullahi Alhaq. Monty Hall he ain’t. I’d rather have the latest from Speidel.
They were being quizzed on, among other things, the Koran. Then the winners got guns and grenades. Expect Honest Ibe Hooper and Brave Ahmed Rehab to send a strongly-worded letter complaining about their linking of Islam with terrorism.
“Guns and grenades for Somali Ramadan quiz winners,” from AFP, October 17 (thanks to Shawn):
No luxury cruise but a ticket to jihad was the prize for the winners of a team quiz organised by Somalia’s insurgent Shebab group during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.
“The reason the young men were rewarded with weapons is to encourage them to participate in the ongoing holy war against the enemies of Allah in Somalia,” Sheikh Abdullahi Alhaq said at a ceremony late Friday.
The radio-broadcast quiz organised by the Al-Qaeda-inspired Shebab organisation in the southern Somali city of Kismayo lasted throughout Ramadan, which ended last month.
Five neighbourhoods of the port city entered the competition, which consisted mainly of questions on science, culture and the Koran.
The winners — a team from Farjano district — were given a first prize consisting of one AK-47 assault rifle, two hand grenades, an anti-tank landmine and office supplies at a ceremony attended by hundreds of residents.
“The team in the first place gets the weapons and office equipment worth upward of 1,000 dollars,” Sheikh Abdullahi Alhaq said, sparking cheers and applause in the crowd….