1920-1939 | Bombing villages | Livestock targeted | RAF crimes | Somalia

RAF biplanes strafe and bomb dervish settlements and sheep

21 January 1920 On the morning of 21 January 1920, five open cockpit R.A.F. biplane bombers attacked the Dervish settlements of Jid Ali and Medishi in the remote interior of British Somaliland. The raid, which was to be the first of several, had been planned to punish the followers of a mystic Mullah, Mohammad Abdille…