*Editors note: Since this story was first posted on September 22, 2013, CNN has backed off its original report that several Americans were involved in the attack at the Westgate Mall in Kenya. They also named two Minnesotans with common Somali and Muslim names in that original report, but to date no one has been able to confirm the names or connect them to families in the Twin Cities area.
ATLANTA - Sources within Al Shabaab have released the names of nine of the alleged attackers in the Nairobi, Kenya shopping mall massacre, including two people from Minnesota, according to CNN.
Al Shabaab told CNN that the names are on the Shabaab twitter account. That account has now been closed down, but CNN has obtained the names.
CNN reports Ahmed Mohamed Isse, 22, of St. Paul, and Abdifatah Osman Keenadiid, 24, of Minneapolis, were among the names listed.
The others, all men in their 20s, are from Missouri, Canada, London, Finland and Somolia.
According to the Associated Press, Kenyan police say they have begun a major assault to end the two-day hostage crisis at the Nairobi mall, in which 68 people have died.
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