Britain, U.S. warn citizens of high risk of attacks in Kenya


Britain and the United States warned of potential terrorist attacks in Kenya and British citizens were urged to immediately leave the east African country’s port city of Mombasa following a series of attacks.The latest warnings, issued on Tuesday and Wednesday, may further damage Kenya’s tourism sector, one that President Uhuru Kenyatta said was “on its knees” after high-profile attacks in resorts along its Indian Ocean coastline.Explosions in Nairobi and Mombasa killed seven people on May 3-4, and Kenya has blamed a series of gun and grenade attacks countrywide on the al Qaeda-linked Somali group al Shabaab. The militants killed at least 67 people, including many foreigners, in a raid on an upscale Nairobi shopping mall in September.Britain’s Foreign Office said that unless on essential travel, all its citizens should avoid Mombasa and the surrounding area “following recent terrorist attacks and the continuing terrorist threat in the area”.

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File photo : Mombasa attack

File photo : Mombasa attack


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