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Somali-American who helped Mogadishu government with urban planning killed by gunmen

  • This photo taken Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 and provided by the family of Abdullahi Ali Anshur, 60, shows the Somali-American from Minnesota at his office in Mogadishu, Somalia.  Gunmen shot and killed Abdullahi Ali Anshur, an engineer from Minnesota who had left a well-paying job in the U.S to help the fledgling Mogadishu city government with urban planning and drainage systems, a Somali official and relative said Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Family of Abdullahi Ali Anshur)

    This photo taken Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 and provided by the family of Abdullahi Ali Anshur, 60, shows the Somali-American from Minnesota at his office in Mogadishu, Somalia. Gunmen shot and killed Abdullahi Ali Anshur, an engineer from Minnesota who had left a well-paying job in the U.S to help the fledgling Mogadishu city government with urban planning and drainage systems, a Somali official and relative said Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Family of Abdullahi Ali Anshur)  (The Associated Press)

  • This photo taken Wednesday, June 4, 2014, and provided by the family of Abdullahi Ali Anshur, 60, shows the Somali-American from Minnesota in Istanbul, Turkey.  Gunmen shot and killed Abdullahi Ali Anshur, an engineer from Minnesota who had left a well-paying job in the U.S to help the fledgling Mogadishu city government with urban planning and drainage systems, a Somali official and relative said Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Family of Abdullahi Ali Anshur)

    This photo taken Wednesday, June 4, 2014, and provided by the family of Abdullahi Ali Anshur, 60, shows the Somali-American from Minnesota in Istanbul, Turkey. Gunmen shot and killed Abdullahi Ali Anshur, an engineer from Minnesota who had left a well-paying job in the U.S to help the fledgling Mogadishu city government with urban planning and drainage systems, a Somali official and relative said Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Family of Abdullahi Ali Anshur)  (The Associated Press)

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.