WASHINGTON, March 18 (Xinhua) -- A militant leader who allegedly helped mastermind the 2013 Westgate Mall attack in Kenya was killed last week in a U.S. airstrike, the Pentagon confirmed in a statement on Wednesday.
The statement said that Adan Garar, believed by the U.S. military as a key operative responsible for coordinating Somalia-based militant group Al-Shabaab's external operations, was kill on March 12 in a drone strike.
"The attack was a success and resulted in the death of Garar," said the statement, describing the deadly attack as "another significant blow to the Al-Shabaab terrorist organization in Somalia."
The Pentagon said earlier last week that it had conducted a drone attack against a leader of Al-Shabaab.
Garar was believed to be one of the masterminds behind the massacre at the upscale Westgate Mall in Nairobi in September 2013, when some 67 people were killed by Al-Shabaab militants.