By Reuters - 07 Oct 2015
Islamist al-Shabaab gunmen ambushed and killed the nephew of Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud, Somalia's president, in Mogadishu on Wednesday, police and the rebels said.
Militants from the al-Qaeda-linked group attacked a car carrying Liban Osman, and a lawyer named Abdikadir Mohamed, through the capital and shot them both, police Major Mohamed Nur told Reuters news agency.
Mr Osman had just returned from abroad and was about to start working as the director of a Mogadishu hospital, Maj Nur added.
Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al-Shabaab's military operation spokesman, said the group targeted Mr Osman because he was "a very important official at the presidential palace".
Somali troops and African peacekeeping forces drove al-Shabaab out of Mogadishu in 2011.
But the group, fighting to overthrow the government and impose its strict version of Islamic law, has continued to wage guerrilla-style gun and grenade attacks.
Somalia's government declined to comment.