Kenya police chief warns residents to be vigilant

FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 file photo, armed police take cover behind escalators as smoke fills the air inside the Westgate Mall during a terrorist attack in Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. Nairobi has tens of thousands of security guards outside banks, restaurants, malls and homes - but they aren’t armed and when criminals or terrorists attack, they are often the first casualties. (AP Photo/Jonathan Kalan, File)NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's police chief is asking residents to be "extra vigilant" of attacks in the week following Sunday's anniversary of the Westgate Mall attack.



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