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US drone kills Somali militant linked to Kenya mall attack

19 March 2015, 20:22

Washington - A drone strike in Somalia last week killed a senior al-Shabaab figure linked to the notorious 2013 attack on the Westgate mall in Nairobi, the US military said on Wednesday.

The US drone raid on 12 March struck a vehicle carrying Adan Garar, who was "a key operative responsible for co-ordinating al-Shabaab’s external operations" and was "connected" to the Westgate massacre, the Pentagon said in a statement.

The strike was carried out in the vicinity of Diinsoor in Somalia and "resulted in the death of Garar".

Kenyan officials had told media shortly after the strike that Garar had been taken out, but the Pentagon was not ready to publicly confirm his death until now.

String of setbacks

Garar was overseeing operations that "target US persons and other Western interests in order to further al-Qaeda's goals and objectives" and posed a "major threat to the region and the international community," the Pentagon said.

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"His death has dealt another significant blow to the Shabaab terrorist organisation in Somalia."

The militant group has suffered a string of setbacks, losing territory in battles with regional forces and top leaders to drone missile strikes.

The United States took out another Shabaab figure in a drone strike on 31 January.

A Hellfire missile fired by an unmanned aircraft killed Yusuf Dheeq, who the Pentagon said was chief of intelligence and external operations for the al-Qaeda-linked group.

But the Shabaab rebels continue to stage frequent attacks as part of their fight to overthrow Somalia's government, which is backed by forces from Kenya and other regional states.



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