Kenya says two militants killed

Kenya’s Interior Minister Ole Lenku says authorities have the situation under control.

A policeman carry's a baby to safety after Somalia's al Shabaab terrorists stormed the Westgate Mall and sprayed gunfire on shoppers and staff in Nairobi, Kenya on 21 September 2013. Picture: AFP

NAIROBI - The Kenyan government has now confirmed that two terrorists involved in the hostage drama at Nairobi's Westgate mall have been killed.

Kenya's Interior Minister Ole Lenku says authorities have the situation under control and are trying to bring the operation to a close.

"We don't want to give you a definitive position on when we think the process will come to an end, but we are doing anything reasonably possible, cautiously though, to bring this process to an end," he told a news conference on Monday.

Lenku says they believe the terrorists detonated one of the recent explosions that shook the mall earlier in the afternoon in a bid to scupper the operation to free the hostages.

But it appears most of the hostages were freed just minutes before the powerful blasts.

He says gunmen had also caused a plume of smoke by setting mattresses alight in a supermarket as a decoy.

The minister said all the militants were men, although some had dressed as women, possibly explaining witness accounts that some of those who launched the assault on Saturday were female.

The centre has been under siege since Saturday when a group of Al-Shabaab militants opened fire on civilians killing at least 62 and wounding 175 others.