Briefs... Australia warns of Kenya at­tacks

Sunday Express - - WORLD -

NAIROBI — Mil­i­tants may be plan­ning at­tacks against crowded places in the Kenyan cap­i­tal Nairobi, the Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment said in a travel alert on Fri­day, with­out nam­ing any group it sus­pected might opt for vi­o­lence.

The Kenyan gov­ern­ment was not im­me­di­ately avail­able for com­ment but has crit­i­cized such alerts in the past, say­ing they hurt Kenya’s vi­tal tourism in­dus­try and play into the hands of those be­hind the gun and grenade as­saults.The Aus­tralian travel ad­vi­sory came days af­ter a warn­ing by the U.S. Em­bassy in Uganda that it had in­for­ma­tion of “pos­si­ble ter­ror­ist threats” to lo­ca­tions fre­quented by Western­ers in Kam­pala, the cap­i­tal of the east African na­tion.

“Cur­rent in­for­ma­tion sug­gests that ter­ror­ists may be plan­ning at­tacks against crowded lo­ca­tions in Nairobi in the near fu­ture,” said an alert on Smart Trav­eller, the Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment’s travel ad­vice web­site.

There was no im­me­di­ate in­di­ca­tion of other em­bassies chang­ing their cau­tion­ary no­tices. Bri­tain and the United States are among those that al­ready urge their cit­i­zens to be vig­i­lant and avoid some ar­eas in the re­gion. — Reuters.

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