Al-Qaeda is trying to recruit new members in Yemen for the celebration of a contest, with an AK-47 assault rifle as first prize, according to local residents and the media.
The militants have been touring the south-west of the city of Taiz in the build-up to the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the placement of advertising posters in the contest, residents reported.
Encourage people to pick up the leaves of the members of the group. The majority of the questions focused on Al-Qaeda’s extreme interpretation of Islam.
“Name three articles of the [Yemeni] constitution, which contradict the Islamic Law,” read one in a sheet seen by Reuters.
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“Any person who follows a law other than Islamic law is an infidel that must be killed. Make a list of the three [the scriptures] references of this,” asked the other.
The first prize was a Chinese-made AK-47, the second a motorcycle, and the third a laptop.
Others include a gun and a cash prize of 20,000 rials ($80).
The leaves did not give details on where to send the entries, but residents told Reuters that the group of offices and mosques in the city were widely known.
Al-Qaida’s Yemen branch, one of the most active in the militant network, has taken advantage of the chaos in the Arabian peninsula country to strengthen its positions, especially in the remote regions of the south.