Somali teens earn guns in Quran recitation contest
Somali children play with toy guns in Mogadishu last month.
September 20th, 2011
11:25 AM ET

Somali teens earn guns in Quran recitation contest

Three Somali teenagers who won a Quran recitation contest have been rewarded with weapons and cash by the Islamist group Al-Shabaab, according to reports from Somalia.

The first-place winner was awarded an AK-47 rifle and $700, a report from RBC Radio said. Second place was worth an AK-47 and $500, and third place got two grenades and $400, RBC reported. Winners also received religious books.

The contest was organized by Al-Shabaab-controlled Radio Andalus, the report said.

At an awards ceremony in the Mogadishu neighborhood of Elasha, Al-Shabaab leaders urged the teenage winners to use their weapons.

“We want the children to fight for defending of their country and their religion ...  just take these guns,” Sheikh Moktar Robow abu Mansur, a senior Al-Shabaab leader, is quoted as saying. That means battling the Somali government and African Union peacekeeping troops in the country, according to the RBC report.

Pictures of the event have been posted on the RBC website and on an Al-Shabaab-affiliated website.

Al-Shabaab is a radical al Qaeda-linked group challenging Somalia's central government, fighting an endless civil war, and forcing a strict form of Sharia law on local residents.

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  1. will

    How is this different than the recent AZ Republican local that gave away a gun as a prize in a get out the vote contest. Extremists on any spectrum should be shunned.

    September 20, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • John-ur-a-tool

      You're kidding right? No one could be that stupid. But since you said I guess you are. Enjoy the shortbus ride to the agency to renew your stamps. Get some free cheese while you are there.

      September 20, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • DaveinCincy

      Yea..much like extremist democrats who willfully kill unborn babies.

      September 20, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • zbeast

      yes but those very same people who are fighting for that unwanted pregnancy and
      the same one's fighting just as hard to starve that very same kid to death.
      because they want to kill government services.

      September 20, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • ME

      I'd say the difference lies in the proposed target for each group. Unless you have evidence that the AZ Republican suggested targeting anyone other than actual criminals in the act of committing crimes against their person, I'd think that it's a pretty good stretch to suggest that there was any suggestion to go out and actively kill "undesireables".

      Contrast that with the Somali handouts, which encourages the children to actively seek out and MURDER enemies of the Koran as defined by the militants leading the contest.

      Defense versus Offense. Simple

      September 20, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Will thete is no difference. Funny how the idiots onlu rebuttal is "you are stupid" lol good argument that they have no answer for

      September 20, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • ME

      Also, to add another difference.... One is gaining power through one fundamental right (guns) to protect other rights (voting, speech, et al). The other is gaining power to eliminate the rights of others to follow a different religion, or even to exist.

      September 20, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      Were they giving away AK-47s and grenades to underage kids, and encouraging them to kill? No? There's your answer. Pretty obvious actually. Pity I had to point it out.

      September 20, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jacob

      This is a microcosm of why we as a nation will not move forward. Can we agree that handing out guns for get out-to-vote is stupid. Can we agree that the short-bus comment is irrelevant because it does not express what your opinion is on the matter; its just noise – a better approach would have to be to explain why you thought that the original author's assumption is wrong. The comment about babies – no comment. The comment from ME was relevant (thank you).

      September 20, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. DaveinCincy

    Muslim version of "Leave it to Beaver"
    Kid: "Hey Mom...guess what...guess what??"
    Dad: "You're mother's busy...I just poured acid on her face for trying to learn to read"
    Kid " She deserved it. Dad I won a contest at school."
    Dad "Good job son".."Now go strap on this bomb..."
    Kid "Awww...I was going to play soccer tonight with the guys...."

    September 20, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • John-ur-a-tool

      Sadly funny and so true.

      September 20, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. blueberry

    Odd that some would be offended by religion mixed with violence almost every religion I have ever heard of is stock full of violence. Perhaps its time we all pay more attention to our own country get america compleatly out of those countries and just let them blow them selves up

    September 20, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. blueberry

    Well im all for abortion you want to go to hell for abolishing your own child then so be it who are to judge?

    September 20, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. blueberry

    Thank you . And perhaps thats a harsh comment but in honesty I cant make peoples decision for them I can only regreatfully admit that stupid is free and you must pay for wisdom.

    September 20, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. one-time86

    Fact of the matter is that this type of garbage happens every were in the muslim world .......well every were in the world there are muslims......

    September 20, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bill W

    oh God. can we please irradicate this backwards a$$ retarted religion?

    September 20, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. blueberry

    Oh boy and where compleatly of the origional issue anyways opions are like beds some like them hard some soft and some sleep on the floor if you get my drift

    September 20, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • bttmstr

      lol. granted only muslims could do this, HOWEVER 90% of the world do not do this because there is only about a billion muslims in the world out of about 6.5 billion people. If 90% of the world did this the world would be 90% hell.

      September 20, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      blueberry, you've made several comments and I can't even tell what you are saying. Go sleep it off, or go back to school, or do whatever needs to be done to make your comments more understandable.

      September 20, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sam

    Lol just look at all the stupid Americans and their post. You pathetic crybabies. You are nothing but a bunch of sheltered baby back b itches. This is how 90 percent of the world lives. How about you hamburger stuffed fat losers pull your skirts down and quit your crying. Stupid toddler minded country

    September 20, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      Can't argue with the fact that they get things done, unlike most of the world.

      September 20, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. BobNAlabama

    Great...nothing like training thugs to value guns more than life. From the looks of our own problems with gangs "in the hood", we must be exporting such values to other countries.

    September 20, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. nx3pde

    Muslims are taught to kill from tender age.No wonder the appeal of suicide bombing to all these primitive "people".

    September 20, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. whatwhat4

    I got an Apple Danish for reciting the Talmud once

    September 20, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown


      September 20, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. coder

    its not as if everyone in american isnt already enjoying the fruits of the genocide committed by their own forefathers. the british forced their way in, then those who came, betrayed their king and created the religion and government you enjoy so dearly now. so keep in mind, while you bash others – that your hands are stained with blood too, you hypocrites !!

    September 20, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Somalia, the truth about

    @coder...exactly. If Somalian citizens were allowed access to their own HUGE oil reserves, they would be among the richest peoples on earth. But the starve as those gulping down their oil have a nationwide obesity epidemic on their hands. Even their own kids are fat and lazy.There's enough blood on our hands to fill the freaking ocean.

    September 20, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • [Citation Needed]

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      September 20, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Somalia, the truth about if American kids aren't prepared from childhood to go to war. From G.I. Joe dolls to today's untra-violent video games, our kids are prepared to go to war. Even churchgoing kids are programmed by their own preacher, who waves the flag and preaches if you die for God& get to go directly to heaven. Not exactly '72 virgins', but still but still a fine reward for killing members of ones own religion. (there used to be over 250, 000 christians in Iraq before the other christians invaded)

    September 20, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • [Citation Needed]

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      September 20, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
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