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Kenya minister says 2 male militants killed

Published: Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 7:34 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 9:04 a.m. CDT

NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenya's interior minister says two Islamic extremists were killed Monday as military forces waged an operation to rescue hostages inside an upscale mall in Nairobi. A top military official said he believes the attackers are "a multinational collection from all over the world."

After four large blasts rocked the Westgate Mall on Monday, sending out large plumes of smoke, Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku said Monday that the two militants died from "our morning activities."

Kenya Chief of Defense forces Gen. Julius Karangi said fighters from an array of nations participated in the attack claimed by al-Shabab, a Somali group allies with al-Qaida.

"We have an idea who this people are and they are clearly a multinational collection from all over the world," he said.

The minister said some hostages have been released and those remaining are minimal.

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