Al-SHABAAB THREATS TO WESTERN AND KENYAN TARGETS

The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, reminds U.S. citizens in Kenya and Somalia of the continued threat of terrorism.   A group purporting to be al-Shabaab posted a video online urging Muslims to attack shopping malls in Kenya, the United States, and other Western countries, and to attack other Kenyan and Western targets.

Although there is no specific information of an imminent attack, U.S. citizens are encouraged to maintain heightened personal security awareness in light of these continuing threats of terrorism in Kenya.  Potential targets for attacks could include hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, shopping malls, diplomatic missions, transportation hubs, religious institutions, government offices, or public transportation.  The Embassy also reminds U.S. citizens that in addition to the threat of terrorism, crime is rampant, indiscriminate, at times violent, in Kenya and can happen at any time.  U.S. citizens are encouraged to review their personal security plans; remain aware of their surroundings; and monitor local events.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Kenya enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, including the Travel Warning for Kenya, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read the Country Specific Information for Kenya.  For additional information, refer to “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. Embassy for up-to-date information on travel restrictions.  You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi is located on United Nations Avenue Gigiri, Nairobi, Kenya , tel. +254-20-363-6000. You can contact the Consular Section of the Embassy by phone at +254(0)20-363-6451 or via email at Kenya_ACS@state.gov.  For after-hours emergencies, please call +254-(0) 20-363-6000.

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