Final Moments When You Know the Bullet Is About To Shatter Your Brain

Thinking about the very last moments of life is hard, but knowing what to expect may change the anxiety and facial expression.


There are changes that commonly happen near to the time of death, signalling the final moments.

A former journalist who joined the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab changed his facial expression as he was executed in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu for masterminding the killing of five Somali journalists.

In the pictures seen by this website, Hassan Hanafi Haji looked lifeless with no sense of consciousness left.

Hassan Hanafi, once a respected broadcaster, was sentenced to death last month by a military court in the capital, Mogadishu.

He assisted the Islamist militant group by identifying possible targets amongst journalists between 2007 and 2011.

He joined its armed wing after working for Radio Andalus, al-Shabab’s mouthpiece in Somalia.

More than 25 journalists have been murdered in Somalia since 2007, the Committee to Protect Journalists says.

While he was working for al-Shabab, Hanafi would call up journalists and threaten them with death if they refused to join the militant group.


Al-Shabab frequently stages attacks in Mogadishu and other cities, and still controls many rural areas in southern Somalia.