A policeman carries a baby to safety after masked gunmen stormed an upmarket mall and sprayed gunfire on shoppers and staff in Nairobi.

Nairobi - Kenyan forces have brought more people out overnight from the Westgate shopping mall where Islamist militants are holding hostages, and troops are “closing in” on the al-Shabaab attackers, the police inspector general, David Kimaiyo, said on Monday.

The siege entered its third day on Monday.

He said Kenyan security forces had “rescued more hostages”, but made no mention in his Twitter comment about engaging with the militants.

Several people have emerged in the past 48 hours after hiding, rather than being held at gunpoint.

Kenyan officials have said they have isolated the attackers in the mall, and since Sunday night have suggested that the operation was in its final stages. - Reuters