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Official: Extremist rebels kill 2 including president's nephew in drive-by shooting in Somalia


NAIROBI, Kenya — Islamic extremist rebels killed two men including the president's nephew in a drive-by shooting in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, a Somali official said Wednesday

The al-Shabab extremist group claimed responsibility for attack claiming that they had killed a nephew of the president and another government official.

Capt. Mohammed Hussein, a senior Somali police officer confirmed the president's nephew was killed along with a lawyer. He identified the president's nephew as Lisban Osman Ali and the lawyer as Abdiqadir Mohammed Yabarow. The president's spokesman could not be immediately reached for comment.

Despite being forced out of many of their strongholds, al-Shabab rebels still launch lethal attacks in Mogadishu and elsewhere in Somalia, often targeting African Union troops and government officials.

Somali is grappling to restore peace after decades of violence following the 1991 ouster of dictator Siad Barre.

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