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    Kenya: Last Hostages Have Been Released

    Kenyan soldiers take cover after heavy gunfire near Westgate mall in Nairobi on September 23, 2013. Kenyan Defence troops remain inside the mall, in a standoff with Somali militants after they laid siege to the shopping centre shooting and throwing grenades as they entered. Somali Shebab militants on September 23 threatened to kill hostages they are holding in the Nairobi shopping mall as Kenyan troops move to end their siege. AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA        (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    On Tuesday morning, Kenyan officials said the last of the hostages have been released from Westgate mall, where al Qaeda–linked terrorists had held them since Saturday. Kenya's foreign minister also said there were "two or three Americans" among the gunmen, aged 18 to 19, and "one Brit," a woman. Officials did not confirm the number of released hostages and said security forces were still combing the mall. Earlier in the day smoke poured from the mall after the Kenyan military launched an all-out assault on the remaining gunmen. At least 68 people have been killed and 175 wounded in the attack. 

    Soldiers are still in the mall, searching the area.

    Terrorist group al-Shabab live tweeted throughout their Kenya mall massacre, despite Twitter efforts to shut down their accounts.

    Read it at The Wall Street Journal