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Kenya Minister says 2 Male Militants Killed after Rescue Operation

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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.

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ATLANTA - Sources within Al Shabaab have released the names of nine of the alleged attackers in the Nairobi, Kenya shopping mall massacre, including two people from Minnesota, according to CNN.

Al Shabaab told CNN that the names are on the Shabaab twitter account. That account has now been closed down, but CNN has obtained the names.

CNN reports Ahmed Mohamed Isse, 22, of St. Paul, and Abdifatah Osman Keenadiid, 24, of Minneapolis, were among the names listed.

The others, all men in their 20s, are from Missouri, Canada, London, Finland and Somolia.

According to the Associated Press, Kenyan police say they have begun a major assault to end the two-day hostage crisis at the Nairobi mall, in which 68 people have died.

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