U.S Embassy in Kenya issues security alert over potential for increased crime, violence

U.S Embassy in Kenya issues security alert over potential for increased crime, violence

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  • The embassy hence urged its citizens to exercise vigilance in public places frequented by tourists.
  • These include shopping malls, hotels, airports, clubs, restaurants, transportation hubs, schools, places of worship.
  • This comes a day following a similar alert issued by the French and German embassies.

The United States Embassy in Kenya has issued a security alert over potential for increased crime and violent extremism in the country.

The embassy hence urged its citizens to exercise vigilance in public places frequented by tourists such as shopping malls, hotels, airports, clubs, restaurants, transportation hubs, schools, places of worship.

“Public events, such as demonstrations and celebratory gatherings, are also at a higher risk for violence,” said the embassy in a statement on Friday.

It further urged U.S citizens to take such actions as reviewing their personal security plans, being aware of their surroundings at all times, and monitoring media for updates.

This comes a day following a similar alert issued by the French and German embassies.

The two countries on Thursday cautioned their citizens to avoid public areas and crowded places it classified as possible hotspots.

The Kenyan police service has since however allayed fears of a looming terror attack, saying it is yet to officially receive reports from any of the said foreign governments on the same.

Police spokesman Bruno Shioso assured Kenyans of their safety citing that security has been heightened in Nairobi and other metropolitan areas in the country.

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