What is it about the failed state in the Horn of Africa that seem to produce bizarre news stories seemingly lifted straight from The Onion?
The latest madness from Mogadishu is the banning of movies, playing or watching soccer, musical ring tones, dancing at weddings and...oh yes, bras by the Islamist al Shabaab militia.
Residents said gunmen had been rounding up any woman seen with a firm bust and then had them publicly whipped by masked men. The women were then told to remove their bras and shake their breasts.
“Al shabaab forced us to wear their type of veil and now they order us to shake our breasts,” a resident, Halima, told Reuters, adding that her daughters had been whipped Thursday.
Let's see....misogynist Kalashnikov wielding thugs forcing women to remove their brassieres and shake their breasts at gunpoint after whipping them? What could possibly go wrong?
For a group that's supposedly so concerned about Islamic purity, they seem disporportionately interested in whipping and publicly humiliating Somalia's Muslim women.