Kenyan police fight terrorism on tiny budget

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NAIROBI — Kenya’s lead counterterrorism agency is working to stop another Westgate Mall-style terrorist attack — that many here believe Somali militants will try again — on a shoe-string budget: The Anti-Terror Police Unit in Nairobi has just $735 to spend this month.

Documents seen by The Associated Press show that even after the September attack by al-Shabab on an upscale mall in Nairobi that killed at least 67 people, the country’s top antiterrorism security force is allocated only around $2,205 for its operations — for maintenance and fuel for cars, travel expenses, and office supplies — in January, February, and March.

By comparison, a Kenyan member of Parliament earns about $45,000 in salary and allowances during a three-month period.

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