US drone strike kills al-Shabab leader responsible for Kenyan mall attack

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A US drone strike has killed a top terror leader believed to have masterminded the brutal attack on a Kenyan shopping mall that killed 67 people.

By ALIX CULBERTSON

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Adan Garar, a member of al-Shabab, was killed in the March 12 strike on his vehicle near Diinsoor, a town 150 miles west of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, the US defence department confirmed.

Garar was a “key operative” responsible for coordinating the Somali branch of al-Qaeda’s operations which targeted Western citizens to “further al Qaeda’s goals and objectives”, a Pentagon official said.

A spokesman for the US Department of Defence said: “Garar posed a major threat to the region and the international community and was connected to the Westgate Mall attack that killed dozens of people in Nairobi, Kenya on September 13, 2013.

“His death has dealt another significant blow to the al Shabab terrorist organisation in Somalia.”

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