More threats, and revealing statements of priorities. After all, it’s people watching soccer who are keeping Somalia from being a stable, prosperous society.
Well, what else could it be? “Somali militants threaten World Cup TV viewers,” from BBC News, June 14 (thanks to Bob):
Somali militants have threatened football fans they will be publicly flogged – or worse – if they are caught watching the World Cup on TV.
Gangs of Islamists are reported to be patrolling the areas they control looking for people watching games.
Dedicated fans are watching matches in secret, or in the few areas controlled by government forces.
On Saturday militants killed two people as they attacked a house where people were watching a game.
Militant group Hizbul-Islam also arrested 10 others at the house north-east of the capital Mogadishu where fans were watching the game between Argentina and Nigeria.
A spokesman for the group, Sheikh Mohamed Abdi Aros said the rest of Somalia should respect their ban on the World Cup.
“We are warning all the youth of Somalia not to dare watch these World Cup matches. It is a waste of money and time and they will not benefit anything or get any experience by watching mad men jumping up and down,” he said.
One broadcaster has moved their operations to the fortified airport to protect their equipment from attack during the tournament.
Dedicated football fans have few safe places to go if they want to watch Africa’s first World Cup, with the al-Qaeda inspired group al-Shabab also announcing a ban.
A cinema in the small part of the capital Mogadishu controlled by the government has become a popular place for football fans.
One man, who lives in the militant-controlled livestock market area of the city told the BBC he was watching Algeria v Slovenia at home with his family.
“I have one eye on the TV and the other on the door, and the sound turned down,” he said.