Ahmed Mohamed Hassan – A Former Somali Air Force Pilot

Ahmed Mohamed Hassan is a Somali former air force pilot known for his refusal to bombard Somalia’s second capital Hargeysa during the dictatorial rule of Mohamed Siyad Barre.  Him and another Somali pilot were ordered to fly our Mig 17 jets to Hargeisa to take part in the bombardment of the city. There were already air force technicians in Hargeisa, but other pilot and Mr. Ahmed Mohamed Hassen were ordered to fly to Hargeisa to take part in the bombardment of the city and its residents. The Mig 17 jets were the only planes in the Somali Air Force that could carry the heavy 500 kilo bombs intended for the bombardment of the city.  Instead he decided to fly the plane to Djibouti instead of bombarding Hargeisa.

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