Senior Shabaab chief reportedly killed by US drone

2015-03-13 19:46
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Mogadishu - A drone strike has killed a senior commander of the Somali Islamist group al-Shabaab suspected of being involved in a 2013 attack against a Kenyan shopping mall that left at least 67 people dead, intelligence sources said on Friday.

A senior intelligence officer declined to comment on who carried out the strike, but added that "we have Western security partners like the US government who help us fight terrorists in Somalia".

The strike targeted commander Aden Garar and two other al-Shabaab members as they were driving south-west of Mogadishu on Thursday, said the officer, who asked not to be named.

"We have information that all three ... were killed and their car was completely destroyed by the strike," he said.

"We heard a powerful explosion and saw black smoke," resident Jama Mire said by phone. "We saw many al-Shabaab fighters move around and deny residents access to the area where the explosion took place."

Intelligence sources say Garar had links with the attack against Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall.

There was no immediate comment from al-Shabaab or the US government.

The United States is believed to have carried out several drone strikes against al-Shabaab in Somalia. It has admitted to killing the group's leader, Ahmed Godane, and another commander, Yusef Dheeq.

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