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Dulles Airport Security Guard Accused of War Crimes

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | June 02, 2016

Dulles Airport Security Guard Accused of War Crimes

PHOTO: A security guard at Washington Dulles International Airport, pictured, has been accused of war crimes. (Photo courtesy of Thinkstock)

On Tuesday, a security guard at Washington Dulles International Airport had his access withdrawn and was put on paid administrative leave after a lawsuit claiming he had committed war crimes in Somalia surfaced.

According to, the private security guard—63-year-old Yusuf Abdi Ali—is dealing with a civil suit that accuses him of being a former commander in the Somali National Army who tortured a Somali national in 1987.

The man who filed the civil lawsuit claims that Ali ordered his guards to beat the Somali National due to his alleged support of an opposition group. The suit also states that Ali himself reportedly shot the man and ordered his guards to dispose of the body.

The company that provides security guards to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Master Security, told that they were unaware of the lawsuit until Tuesday. The company has placed Ali on paid administrative leave during the investigation.

Ali reportedly worked for Master Security for several years and had gone through security checks from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Transportation Security Administration, and was also licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

While a judge continues to determine whether or not the U.S. legal system has jurisdiction over the lawsuit, the civil suit claims Ali was deported from both Canada and the U.S. after leaving Somalia, but his attorney claims he returned to the country legally.


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