Brief gunfire, blasts at Kenya shopping mall siege

NAIROBI Mon Sep 23, 2013 2:40am EDT

Onlookers stand along the road and look from a distance at Westgate Shopping Centre, where gunmen are holding hostages, in Nairobi September 22, 2013. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola

Onlookers stand along the road and look from a distance at Westgate Shopping Centre, where gunmen are holding hostages, in Nairobi September 22, 2013.

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NAIROBI (Reuters) - Brief but intense gunfire accompanied by at least two blasts were heard coming from inside a Kenyan shopping mall where militants are holed up with hostages, a Reuters witness reported on Monday.

It was the latest of several eruptions of gunfire coming from inside Nairobi's Westgate mall since the early morning, after a largely quiet night. Some of the shots were heard coming from outside.

(Reporting by Richard Lough; Writing by Edmund Blair; Editing by Alison Williams)

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