Two World Cup fans killed in a grenade attack in Somalia
Giire football field. Somali football fans are endangering their lives to watch the World Cup matches on TV. Photo (c) by Flickr user guuleed. Used under a Creative Commons 2.0 licence.
08.07.2010By Shafi'i Mohyaddin Abokar
Residents say that unidentified assailants threw a hand grenade at the house during the Spain-Germany clash on Wednesday night killing two and wounding three others.
“A teenage boy died on the spot and the other one perished from his serious wounds at the hospital hours after the attack” Abdalla Aweys, a resident in the Elasha Biyaha village said in a telephone conversation on Thursday.
“I was one of those who were watching the game, every one of us ran toward his front when the explosion occurred, praise be to Allah so that I am now safe and sound” Abdalla added.
No one has yet claimed for the responsibility of the latest attack on World Cup fans in Somalia where Islamists consider football as a “satanic act”.
Five killed and over 50 in custody over World Cup watching
The latest killing brings the death tall of World Cup fans killed in Somalia since last month to at least five, while more than 50 others are still being held in custody. According to the militants, those in jails will be brought to court in an unspecified future time.
The Al-Qaeda-linked militants in Somalia told Somali soccer fans before the World Cup kick off last month that viewing football is illegal and that whoever is seen watching it will be punished.
But Somalis who are mostly football addicts have defied the Islamist band and are watching games regularly whatever it takes to them.
In Mogadishu alone there were more than 500 cinemas where football fans used to go for watching, but only one cinema, the Dhamuke cinema is now open in the government controlled side of Mogadishu. Even though the Dhamuke cinema is in the government side of the capital, it has more than 20 armed men who are scattered outside to ensure the safety of those inside.