News Reports Regarding Death of Key al-Shabaab Leader

In light of many media accounts regarding the reported death of a key al-Shabaab leader, Adan Garaar, on March 12, the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi would like to inform U.S. citizens that the potential for attacks exists throughout Kenya in the near-term. Although there is no information about a specific location in Kenya for an attack, U.S. citizens are reminded that the potential for terrorism exists. 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 crime is rampant, indiscriminate, at times violent, and happens in all parts of Kenya, at all hours. 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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