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Tunisian kids' magazine to be prosecuted for petrol bomb guide

By Tarek Amara

TUNIS, Oct 9 (Reuters) - A popular Tunisian children'smagazine is to be prosecuted for telling its young readers howto make a petrol bomb, officials said on Tuesday.

The latest edition of "Qaws Quzah", Arabic for "Rainbow",featured a piece about the history of petrol bombs in its"Knowledge Corner", including detailed instructions and adiagram.

"It is an improvised weapon that is often used in riots andacts of sabotage because it is easy to make and use," thearticle read.

The magazine, read for decades in Tunisia by boys and girlsaged 5 to 15, has no political orientation. But the articletouched a raw nerve in a country still seeking to tame theunrest stirred up by last year's successful revolution, thefirst of the Arab Spring.

The Ministry for Women and Family Affairs said the article"encourages violent and terrorist thought" as well asendangering children's lives by "encouraging the use of Molotovcocktails in acts of vandalism or terrorism".

It said it would ask an investigating magistrate to open acase against the publishers and all those involved in the issue.While the specific charges will be for the judge to decide, theministry's comments suggested they could include incitement toviolence.

Tunisia's revolution led to the democratic election of atransitional government headed by the moderate Islamist Ennahdaparty, but violence persists among extreme religious groups,during which petrol bombs have been a weapon of choice.

(Reporting By Tarek Amara; Writing by Souhail Karam; Editing byKevin Liffey)

((tarek.amara@thomsonreuters.com)(Tunis Newsroom +216 71 78 7538))

Keywords: TUNISIA MAGAZINE/PETROLBOMB

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