Mar 31, 11:27 AM EDT

Kenya police: Car bombers linked to mall plotters

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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- A Kenyan police official says two men arrested with a car bomb on Kenya's coast nearly three weeks ago were in contact with plotters of the September terrorist attack on a Nairobi mall that killed at least 67 people.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak with the media, said Monday the vehicle targeting a shopping mall in Mombasa was packed with 173 kilograms (381 pounds) of explosives. The official said the two men, arrested March 11, had spoken on the phone with militants in Somalia connected to the Westgate Mall attack.

Kenya has experienced dozens of small bomb and gunfire attacks since al-Qaida-linked Somali militants from al-Shabab vowed to attack Kenya in retaliation for sending troops to Somalia in October 2011.

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