An al Shabaab leader thought to be a mastermind of the Nairobi shopping mall attack was killed in a US drone strike last week, the Pentagon says.
Adnan Garaar was targeted while in a car near the town of Dinsoor, 150 miles west of the Somalian capital Mogadishu, on 12 March.
Residents said the car contained three al Shabaab members and the vehicle was completely destroyed.
Confirming Garaar’s death, the US military said in a statement: “He posed a major threat to the region and the international community and was connected to the Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya.
“His death has dealt another significant blow to the al Shabaab terrorist organisation in Somalia.”
Some 67 people, including six Britons, were killed in the Westgate Mall attack in September 2013.
The attack was the largest in Kenya since al Qaeda bombed the US embassy in Nairobi in 1998.
Al Shabaab has vowed to carry out attacks in Kenya and Uganda in retaliation for the countries’ contribution to the African Union force supporting Somalia’s government.