Kenya warning over terrorism threat

Kenya warning over terrorism threat

A heightened threat of terrorist attacks in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi has triggered a warning to British holidaymakers from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

UK visitors to the African country are being urged to exercise “extra vigilance”.

Updating its travel advice for Kenya, the FCO said: “The Kenyan authorities have alerted the public to a heightened threat from terrorist attacks in Nairobi.

“We believe that terrorists may be in the final stages of planning attacks. Attacks could be indiscriminate and target Kenyan institutions as well as places where expatriates and foreign travellers gather, such as hotels, shopping centres and beaches.

“We strongly advise British nationals to exercise extra vigilance and caution in public places and at public events.”

The FCO advises against all but essential travel to within 60km of the Somali border, to coastal areas within 150km of the Kenya-Somalia border, including the Lamu area, to Garissa district and to low income areas of Nairobi, including all township or slum areas.

There were two attacks by armed gangs in small boats against beach resorts in this area in September and October.

The travel advice is being kept under constant review with the FCO pledging to monitor the situation closely and make further updates as necessary.


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