Pentagon says al-Shabab leader killed in drone attack

Adnan Garaar, who allegedly helped plan deadly Kenya mall attack, killed in town of Dinsoor west of Somali capital.

Dinsoor, Somalia map

A US drone attack in southern Somalia has killed Adnan Garaar, an al-Shabab leader believed to be behind a 2013 attack on a Nairobi shopping mall that killed 67 people, the Pentagon has said.

It said in a statement that the attack last Thursday hit a vehicle carrying Garaar, a top official of the al-Shabab armed group, which the Pentagon says targets US and other Western interests to further al-Qaeda’s goals.

“He posed a major threat to the region and the international community and was connected to the West Gate Mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya. His death has dealt another significant blow to the al-Shabab terrorist organisation in Somalia,” the Pentagon said.

The Pentagon added that the operation took place about 240km west of Mogadishu near the town of Dinsoor.

Residents said at the time of the attack that the drone had hit a car carrying three al-Shabab members and that the vehicle was completely burned.

Source: Reuters