American engineer shot dead in Somalia

A Somali-American engineer who had returned to his homeland to help its fledgling government has been killed in Somalia.

Abdullahi Ali Anshur, 60, was buried Wednesday after being shot by suspected al-Shabab militiamen Monday. The engineer was helping the Mogadishu government with urban planning and drainage systems.

Al-Shabab, an ultraconservative Islamic militant group that wants to run Somalia by its strict interpretation of Sharia law, once ruled nearly all of Mogadishu. The group was forced out of the capital in 2011 but continues to carry out insurgent attacks and commit targeted killings.


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