UK updates summary and terrorism sections of travel advice for Kenya

Terrorist entering the DusitD2 complex
One of the terrorists entering the DusitD2 complex in Nairobi.

The British government have updated the summary and terrorism sections of their travel advice for Kenya.

Coming soon after the American Embassy warned of ‘credible information’ indicating Westerners may be a target for terrorists in the country, the summary section echoes this warning.

“There’s a heightened threat of terrorism, including terrorist kidnappings, across Kenya, including to people travelling in or through Nairobi, the coast and resort areas around Mombasa and Malindi, the towns of Narok, Naivasha, Nanyuki and Meru and their surrounding areas, and the northern border counties. Attacks, including terrorist kidnappings, could target Westerners. Attacks could be indiscriminate in places frequented by foreigners including hotels, bars, restaurants, sports bars and nightclubs, sporting events, supermarkets, shopping centres, coastal areas including beaches, airports, buses, trains and other transport hubs. Places of worship including churches and mosques have also been targeted. Be particularly vigilant in these areas.”

The terrorism section expands on the advice, saying: “Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Kenya. The Inspector General of the Kenyan Police has called on the public to adopt a higher level of vigilance and report any suspicious people or activity straight away.”

“The main terrorism threat is from extremists linked to Al Shabaab, a militant group in Somalia opposed to the Somali government. Al Shabaab has issued public threats against Kenya due to Kenya’s military intervention in Somalia. The Kenyan authorities have increased security to counter potential reprisal attacks by Al Shabaab. There’s some evidence of growing support for Daesh (formerly referred to as ISIL) in Kenya.”

For the latest travel information and security advice for Kenya, please visit the UK Government website.

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