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A soldier directs people up stairs inside the Westgate shopping mall after a shootout in Nairobi. Kabir Dhanji, EPA

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."

A 26-year-old woman from San Diego was among those wounded when armed gunmen attacked a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, killing at least 68.

U-T San Diego reports ( ) Elaine Dang, a 2005 graduate of Torrey Pines High School, is expected to make a full recovery.

The extent of Dang's injuries is unclear, but a photo on her Twitter page showed her with a bandaged head.

On Sunday outside the Dang family's home in Del Mar, her father told KGTV that he believes his daughter suffered injuries to her "chest, arm and leg."

The newspaper says Dang is general manager for Eat Out Kenya, a website that helps connect people to local bars and restaurants.

At least 175 people were hurt when gunfire broke out at Kenya's Westgate Mall on Saturday.

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.

Kenya's foreign affairs secretary says her government is more heavily committed to fighting terrorism in the wake of the attack by Islamic extremists on an upscale suburb of Nairobi.

Amina Mohamed tells a U.S. radio broadcast she hopes "this will all be coming to an end" very soon. She spoke by telephone Monday to Bill Bennett's "Morning in America" radio show amid reports two Islamic extremists were killed by Kenyan military forces.

Mohamed attributed the attack to resentment from al-Shabab to Kenya's tough stance against terrorism in that country. She called the attack an "indiscriminate" slaughter of innocent people, saying it was, quote, "wanton. It's barbaric. It's criminal."

The foreign affairs secretary pledged, in her words, "to fight them every day of the week, every minute of the day."


Contributing: Jabeen Bhatti from Berlin; the Associated Press

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