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. Somalia, the truth about

    lmao...the USA supplies over 3/4ths of the worlds weapons, including handguns. 3/4ths! And yet we only account for 4% of the worlds population. Get a clue...we export war.

    September 20, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oregonian

      ...are we responsible for these violent people pulling the trigger as well?

      September 20, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • meles

      Oregonian: yes, we probably are responsible, as much as a dealer selling drugs

      September 20, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Juliemac

      Ummm. The AK47 is a Russian design.
      Think before you post

      September 20, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donald Everson

      hey oooooooooobama. how much money we sending this country ? over 3 billion to pakistan the worst terrorists against usa there ever could be. so just wondering how much we send them.

      September 20, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • [Citation Needed]

      [Citation Needed]

      September 20, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Somalia, the truth about

    1.) Somalian leaders have been bribed by western oil corporations who are granted access to Somlia's HUGE oil reserves. 2.) When Somalian citizens rebel because of this, they are labled 'al-quida terrorists' and gunned-down. 3.) This raypeing of Africa is nothing new. Whe African's were worth more than oil to foreigners, it was people African leaders were bribed-out of...and whipped into slaves ny various importing nations. 4.) Somalians would be very wealthy if not for the fact that their own oil goes to the very same nations that Africa's people used to go to as slaves. 5.) You have BLOOD on your hands 'Lady America'. You big fat biatch.

    September 20, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • extra medium

      You sound angry. What's wrong?

      September 20, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • [Citation Needed]

      [Citation Needed ]

      September 20, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Somalia, the truth about

    ...Anyone who isn't depressed about this situation in Somalia, etc. is either an ignorant flag-waver who couldn't care less about Freedom or Libery, or is under the influence of drugz. "If you love what America has become, you, sir, are an idiot."-yours truly. Now go take your drugz so you don't have to watch our America go down to nothing. Freaking jerks.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
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      [ Citation Needed]

      September 20, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. POI

    FYI Most AK-47s come from Russia and China...

    September 20, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Democratia

    @POI...That's the old AK. Most all of AK's newer AN-94s and AN-103s went Venezuela, as they prepare for the coming invasion by A mericuns. US warships began illegally confiscating these shipments, so AK arms built a factory in Venezuela. When you buy gas at CITGO (Venezuela's nation oil corporation) part of the proceeds goes to cover the 300,000,000 bucks worth of assault rifles illegally confiscated.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. MuslimsSuckAndBlowUP

    Nothing like a quran to infect the brain and cause death. Disgusting cult.

    September 20, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |

    Let them kill each other, one less sand monkey in the world.

    September 20, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |


    BAM! Reality hits you hard bro!

    September 20, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Andyvon

    All I ever got at that age was a new bike!

    September 20, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    Lmao!@extra medium.

    September 20, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. extra medium

    Like the future Somali freedom fighter in the above left, I also like the PG/buttstock combo on my pump-guns. It allows for carefully placed shots, while remaining flexible to use in CQB situations. I give Al-Shabaab kudos for properly training their cadets.

    September 20, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Fartjar

    Sweet! Let me try out!

    September 20, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. toocy

    I memorized tons of Bible verses as a child and all I got was a bookmark.

    September 20, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. eddie2010

    Coming soon in the US, a radio show contest where kids can fly a real predator drone for an hour, and fire real missiles.

    September 20, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jim

    @saywhat(Somalia the truth about). Been waiting anxiously for your series "Recollections on the House of Jim". What's the hold up?

    September 20, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
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