Thursday, September 9, 2010
Somalia: Al-shabab Arrests Soccer Players in Kismayo
Kismayo (Sunatimes) Al-shabab insurgents arrested seven youths in Kismayo for playing soccer. The youths have been taken to Kismayo’s police station.
One of Al-shabab’s officials in Kismayo, Abdinasir Abdalla Al-Faysal, said that the soccer players refused to obey Al-shabab’s order. The group had earlier banned local citizens from watching or playing football.
Youth in Kismayo usually play soccer in town, along the coast.
Mr. Al-Faysal, who is one of the officials of Al-shabab, said that his group is fighting what he called “the western game”.
The youth were playing soccer in one of Kismayo’s play grounds when they were arrested by the militia.
The arrests come at a time when Al-shabab has already taken over other football pitches and play grounds. Some of the play grounds now