US warns over travel to Kenya amid ter­ror fears

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - NATIONAL NEWS - BY KEVIN J. KELLEY NEW YORK

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.

Armed car­jack­ings

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

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