Tunisian kids' magazine teaches kids to make Molotov cocktails

The publication faces prosecution over the article in its "Knowledge Corner" section

By Natasha Lennard

Published October 10, 2012 7:00PM (EDT)

Man throws petrol bomb (Wikimedia)
Man throws petrol bomb (Wikimedia)

A popular children's magazine in Tunisia printed an article about how to make petrol bombs, the BBC reported. The magazine -- Qaws Quzah (Arabic for rainbow) -- now faces prosecution after Tunisia's Ministry for Women and Family Affairs pushed a magistrate to open a case.

The article on petrol bombs appeared in a section called Knowledge Corner in the magazine aimed at readers aged five to 15. According to the BBC, the piece "carried a picture of a burning glass bottle to illustrate the history and uses of petrol bombs" as well as instructions and a diagram.

"It is an improvised weapon that is often used in riots and acts of sabotage because it is easy to make and use," the article explained.

Following the revolutionary ousting of President Ben Ali last year, Tunisia remains plagued by corruption and high unemployment. Armed militant Islamists are reported to be a growing threat in parts of the country too.

Natasha Lennard

Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email nlennard@salon.com.

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