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Somali Islamists Warn against Watching World Cup

Witnesses in Somalia say hardline Islamists have arrested more than a dozen people for watching the World Cup on television.

Members of the militant group Hizbul Islam confirmed the arrests to reporters Monday and warned people not to watch the matches, which they called a waste of time.

Hizbul Islam arrested at least 14 people late Sunday after raiding a home in the town of Afgoye where people were viewing the match between Germany and Australia.

Hizbul Islam and another Islamist group, al-Shabab, control large parts of Somalia after a three-year battle against the United Nations-backed transitional government.

Both groups have moved to impose a harsh form of sharia, or Islamic law, in the areas under their rule. In April, Hizbul Islam banned Mogadishu radio stations from playing music, saying it was un-Islamic.