Sixty-eight people, including two Indians, have been killed and 175 injured in a hostage crisis under way in a mall in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.

Kenyan security forces are still battling between 10 and 15 gunmen, allied to the Al Qaeda-affiliated Somali militant group al-Shabab, who have taken an unknown number of people hostage in the Westgate shopping centre.

A convoy of gunmen pulled up to the mall on Saturday afternoon and opened fire on shoppers before barricading themselves in the building. Santosh Tiwari, an Indian businessman in Nairobi, said at least 10 persons of Indian origin had also perished. But his account could not be confirmed.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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