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A Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) armoured military vehicle drives from the Westgate shopping centre Monday after an exchange of gunfire inside the mall in Nairobi. Thick smoke poured from the besieged Nairobi mall where Kenyan officials said their forces were closing in on Islamists holding hostages on Monday, three days after a raid by Somalia's al Shabaab killed at least 62 people.  REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
A Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) armoured military vehicle drives from the Westgate shopping centre Monday after an exchange of gunfire inside the mall in Nairobi. Thick smoke poured from the besieged Nairobi mall where Kenyan officials said their forces were closing in on Islamists holding hostages on Monday, three days after a raid by Somalia's al Shabaab killed at least 62 people. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
Kenya says killed two militants in Monday operations
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NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's interior minister said gunmen holed up inside a Nairobi shopping mall had caused a plume of smoke by setting mattresses alight in a supermarket as a decoy, and said two of the "terrorists" had been killed on Monday.

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"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," Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku told a news conference.

The minister also 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 women.

(Reporting by James Macharia and Richard Lough; Writing by Edmund Blair; editing by Mike Collett-White)

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