A Somali police officer says gunmen shot and killed a Somali-American from Minnesota.

Capt. Mohamed Hussein said Wednesday that Abdullahi Ali Anshur, an engineer helping the Mogadishu government with urban planning and drainage systems, was killed after armed men stopped his vehicle and sprayed it with bullets.

Anshur, 60, was a graduate of California State University and UCLA. He arrived in Mogadishu last year, his relatives said.

Somalia's militant Islamic rebels, al-Shabab, claimed responsibility for the killing, which has sent shock waves through Mogadishu's community of Somalis who have returned from overseas to help the country move forward after decades of war.

Anshur had been a longtime resident of Minneapolis.