US embassy issues travel warning, chances of attacks in Kenya

Published on : Wednesday, February 6, 2019

On Monday credible information indicated that Westerners will be targeted by extremists and the United States warned its citizens in Kenya.



A week before there was a deadly al-Shabab attack on an upmarket hotel in the capital, Nairobi in which 21 people along with a US citizen were shot dead.



The siege lasted for more than 19 hours and saw the killing of sixteen Kenyans and a British citizen.



The popular places with foreign tourists Nairobi, Naivasha, Nanyuki and coastal areas and parts of the East African country could be targeted.



The travel advisory by the government of UK was updated stating that the Britons should avoid areas near Somalia-Kenya border and parts of the coastal region.



A statement said that the US Embassy reminds the public of the continued need for heightened vigilance throughout Kenya, especially in public spaces such as shopping malls, hotels, and places of worship.



The UK’s foreign and commonwealth office said that there is a heightened threat of terrorist attacks across Kenya that includes Nairobi along with the coat and resort area around Mombasa and Malindi and northern border counties.



The travel advisory said that terrorist were likely to carry out attacks in Kenya. In Somali and the neighbouring Kenya the armed group al –Shabab are known to target places visited by foreigners and government officials.



Founded in 2006 the Somalia-based group supports imposing strict version of the Islamic law and is fighting to shun away the western-backed government in Somalia.



A UN mandated African Union peacekeeping mission has pushed the group that controlled the major cities and towns in southern and central Somali. As a part of the peacekeeping mission Kenya has troops in Somalia.

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