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US claims al-Shabaab leader killed in drone attack

A drone strike killed a leader of the al-Shabaab militant group in southern Somalia, US authorities have claimed.

Adnan Garaar was killed when the drone hit the vehicle he was travelling in on 12 March near Diinsoor, the Pentagon said in a statement.

Garaar, a top al-Shabaab official, was suspected of masterminding the 2013 attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, that killed 67.

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 Shabaab terrorist organisation in Somalia.

– Pentagon statement