Kenya's Interior Ministry says forces take over mall, all hostages freed

Police officers guard the edge of a security perimeter put into place a distance from the Westgate Shopping Centre in Nairobi, during a standoff operation between security forces and gunmen
Police officers guard the edge of a security perimeter put into place a distance from the Westgate Shopping Centre in Nairobi, in the early hours of the morning during a standoff operation between Kenyan security forces and gunmen inside the building, September 24, 2013. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan officials said early on Tuesday that their forces were "in control" of a mall in the capital where Somalia's Islamist al Shabaab launched a raid that has killed at least 62 people.

"Our forces are combing the mall floor by floor looking for anyone left behind. We believe all hostages have been released," the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government in The Office of the President said on its Twitter handle.

(Reporting by James Macharia; Editing by Sandra Maler)