Al-Shabab man killed by drone brought arms for mall attack

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – A Kenyan intelligence report reveals that Adan Garar, a suspected al-Shabab extremist killed in a U.S. drone strike in Somalia, had acquired and smuggled into Kenya weapons used by four gunmen to attack the Westgate Mall in Nairobi in September 2013. Sixty-seven people died in the attack.

Garar was identified by CCTV cameras from a bank where he and another suspect had gone to meet another man from whom they purchased the car that was used to ferry the gunmen to the mall.

The Pentagon confirmed Wednesday that Garar was killed on March 12 when a U.S. drone attacked a vehicle in which he was riding in Somalia. The Pentagon statement called Garar a “major threat” and said his death dealt a significant blow to al-Shabab.