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Mall attack anniversary

Published:Sunday | September 21, 2014 | 12:00 AM


Kenya's police chief asked residents yesterday to be "extra vigilant" of attacks in the week following today's anniversary of the Westgate Mall attack.

David Kimaiyo said police have doubled patrols across the country and asked entertainment facilities to continuously review and update security arrangements.

Al-Shabab militants from Somalia claimed responsibility for the September 21, 2013 Westgate Mall attack that left 67 people dead.

Gun and grenade attacks have increased in Kenya, starting in October 2011, when Kenya sent its troops to Somalia to fight the militants. Al-Shabab vowed retribution for Kenyan troop presence in Somalia. More recently, the militants also vowed to avenge the death of leader Ahmed Abdi Godane, who was killed by an American air strike earlier this month.

Last Thursday, one person died and 13 others were wounded in gun and grenade attacks in the towns of Wajir and Garissa.

Kimaiyo extended by a month the dusk-to-dawn curfew placed on Lamu County at the Kenyan coast, where at least 65 people died in June in an al-Shabab attack.