Pentagon: Strike Killed Mall Attack Mastermind

Death deals 'major blow' to al-Shabab
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 19, 2015 3:09 AM CDT
A woman who had been hiding during a gun battle runs for cover after armed police, seen behind, enter the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, Sept. 21, 2013.   (AP Photo/Jonathan Kalan)
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(Newser) – The Pentagon has confirmed that a US airstrike last week killed Adan Garar, a senior member of the al-Shabab extremist group who allegedly helped plan the 2013 Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya, that killed 67 people. The Pentagon, calling Garar "a major threat" and saying his death dealt a significant blow to al-Shabab, said in a brief statement that Garar was killed when a US drone aircraft struck a vehicle in which he was riding in Somalia. (Read more Westgate mall stories.)

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