US warns over travel to Kenya amid terror fears
Threats of terror attacks by Al-shabaab led the United States State Department on Friday to issue a revised warning on travel to Kenya.
The new notice urges US citizens to avoid visits to six counties — Mandera, Wajir and Garissa in the northeast, as well as Tana River, Lamu and parts of Kilifi at the Coast.
Nairobi’s Eastleigh neighbourhood should also be regarded as a no-go area, according to the State Department.
“In Mombasa,” the warning says, “the US Embassy recommends US citizens to visit Old Town only during daylight hours, and carefully consider whether to use the Likoni ferry due to safety concerns.”
The updated notification does not cite any safety concerns related to the October 17 repeat presidential election.
The department said potential terror threats are not limited to the specified areas.
It cautions that the “risk throughout the rest of Kenya remains, including the Nairobi area”.
According to the department, Americans visiting Kenya may encounter dangers apart from those posed by Alshabaab.
US citizens have been told that “violent and sometimes fatal crimes, including armed carjackings, muggings, home invasions and burglaries and kidnappings can occur at any time”.
The State Department further said armed incursions by herders on private farms and wildlife conservancies had increased in Laikipia, Baringo and Samburu counties in central Kenya.
“If you intend to visit the area, monitor the local media and request the latest information and the level of security provided at your specific destination,” it said.
In Mombasa, the US Embassy recommends US citizens to visit Old Town only during daylight hours, and carefully consider whether to use the Likoni ferry due to safety concerns” United States State Department