How severe is the terror threat in East Africa?
Final preparations are under way for US President Barack Obama to touch down in the Kenyan capital this week - his first visit to the country of his father's birth as head of state.
As US security personnel flood Nairobi's hotels, the president will step into a country where security and politics are closely entwined.
His trip has provoked divergent assessments of the security threat across Kenya and beyond.
Nairobi governor Evans Kidero sees the visit as the ultimate confirmation of Kenya's security - hailing Obama's stay as a testament to the country's stability.
The US State Department, on the other hand, has issued a travel alert for the visit.
It has warned of the potential terrorist threat to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at which Obama will speak.
The presidential visit comes days after the reopening of Nairobi's Westgate mall.
Almost two years ago, 67 people were killed in its halls in a four-day siege for which Somali militant group al-Shabab claimed responsibility.
Its reopening has been heralded by many as a triumph of national resilience, growing security and, in the words of Kidero, the "indomitable Kenyan spirit".
For others, the reopening of its doors conjures haunting memories, amplified by al-Shabab's continuing attacks - of which its killing of 147 at Garissa University in April is its deadliest to date.
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