NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - 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.
Multiple large blasts have rocked Kenya's Westgate Mall where a hostage siege is in its third day.
Associated Press reporters on the scene today heard multiple blasts and a barrage of gunfire. Black and grey smoke rose up from the mall.
Security forces have been attempting to rescue an unknown number of hostages inside the mall held by al-Qaida-linked terrorists.