SEVEN men have gone on trial charged with murdering a man in Edinburgh with a sub-machine pistol.

Mohamud Mohamud, 30; Ahmed Ahmed, 28; Cadil Huseen, 23; Hussein Ali, 26; Liban Ahmed - also known as Jama, 30; Said Fadal, 32; and Said Tarabi, 27, deny murdering Mohamed Abdi, 25, in the Duddingston area on May 26 last year.

It is alleged they repeatedly fired a sub-machine pistol and a revolver after a car chase along Duddingston Road West, Willowbrae Road and Abercorn Avenue.

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The seven are accused of forcing the car occupied by Mr Abdi, Mohamed Farah and Abdulrakim Abdulrahman to stop by colliding with it and repeatedly shooting at the occupants, murdering Mr Adbi and attempting to murder the other two men.

Mr Mohamud and the others are also accused of assault, of being concerned in the supply of cocaine and firearms charges.

At the High Court in ­Glasgow defence counsel for the seven entered not-guilty pleas to all charges.

Mr Ali lodged a special defence of incrimination blaming another man, Jamal Saeed, whose whereabouts are unknown, and Liban Ahmed. Mr Fadal and Mr Tabari both lodged special defences of alibi.

The trial before judge Lord Turnbull continues.