There is the possibility that terrorists could be planning deadly attacks onto police stations, hotels, malls and tourists hotspots in Kenya, a new alert from the U.S embassy in Nairobi is warning.
The Embassy of the United States in Nairobi has issued an advisory regarding the possibility of terrorist attacks in various parts of Kenya, especially large cities and most tourist frequented locations in the country.
According to the Security alert, the attackers will mostly target high traffic areas, places frequented by foreigners, places that feature U.S citizens in Kenya, tourists’ hotspots and other popular areas where most people gather to shop, dine or attend entertainment functions.
“These areas continue to be attractive targets to terrorists planning to conduct potentially imminent attacks,” reads the official statement from the U.S Embassy in Nairobi.
According to the dispatch, terrorist groups could attack anytime and at any place, with little or no warning.
The terrorists will be targeting hotels, embassies, restaurants, malls, markets, schools, police stations, places of worship and other places that feature tourists, foreigners and especially Americans.
The embassy warned the residents of Kenya to stay very alert in areas frequented by foreigners and tourists and review their individual security or security plans.
In case of any security concern the embassy has released a special number for assistance
They were also advised to monitor the local media for updates, even though few people nowadays follow-up the mainstream media or even trust them, most east Africans have opted to social media and other digital platforms as their main sources of news.
The U.S embassy alert also wants people, especially foreigners in Kenya, to keep a low profile, stay clear of areas where crowds protest or conduct demonstrations and avoid crowds.
Kenya has been a victim of frequent terrorists’ attacks many of which have already cost many lives, destroyed properties and left thousands injured.
For instance, on 15-16 January 2019 there was an attack at the hotel and commercial complex at 14 Riverside in Nairobi, resulting in injuries and loss of life. One British national was killed.
On the second day of April 2015 there was an attack on Garissa University College in Garissa County in which at least 148 people were killed.
In June and July 2014 attacks in Lamu and Tana River Counties on the Kenyan coast are reported to have killed at least 85 people.
On 21-24 September 2013 over 60 people including six British nationals were killed in an attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi.
In particular, there are also frequent attacks in the north-eastern border regions (Lamu, Garissa, Wajir and Mandera Counties), most of which were attributed to Al Shabaab. These have killed members of the Kenyan security forces as well as civilians