MOGADISHU (Somalia) — Somali forces aided by AMISOM troops raided a Quran education center in northern Mogadishu’s Waharade neighbourhood on Friday where they discovered chained up children.And to think that there are members of the US Congress who wants US schools modeled after madrassas.
The government troops said the center was part of a larger network belonging to Al Qaida and Al Shabab — Somalia’s most prominent militant group. They added the students, all below the age of 10, were being taught extreme version of Islam and suicide bombing materials.
All of the kids had their two legs chained together without the knowledge of their parents or relatives. All them slept at the center which operated like a boarding school in similar fashion to many normal Quranic centers dotted across the Horn of Africa nation.
When the forces questioned the teacher, said to be a member of al Shabab, he told them that he chained them up because many of them were skipping classes.
All students in this particular center were held against their will just like the general Somali society by foreign men with foreign twisted ideologies. The kids were also brainwashed and told if they blew themselves that they would enter Paradise.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Somalia: Al Shabab chains its suicide bomber recruits at 'Quran education center'