US issues travel advisory for its citizens in Kenya

Hiiraan Xog, The U.S. Embassy in Kenya has issued a security alert to its citizens cautioning them to be vigilant during their trip in the country.
In a statement issued on Monday, the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi said it had received intelligence-based information from credible sources that citizens of the from western countries the US included might be targeted by extremists in Nairobi, Naivasha, Nanyuki and the Coast region of Kenya.
The US embassy called its citizens to be cautious in public spaces such as shopping malls, hotels, and places of worship which are a target to terror attacks.
“Carefully consider before visiting places frequented by tourists and westerners, monitor the local media for any new information,” the embassy said in its advisory.
The embassy officials further recommended citizens willing to travel to Kenya to enroll in the smart traveler program by the embassy for guidance.
“We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Nairobi enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP),” they said.
The Embassy said that STEP enrollment enables one to get access to the latest security updates and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact the persons in case of an emergency.
“If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate,” they added.
The alert comes on the backdrop of the 14 Riverside terror attack that left 21 people dead and scores injured.

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