The Star (Nairobi)

31 March 2014

Kenya: Australia Gives Nationals Travel Advisory On Kenya

THE Australian government has issued a travel advisory to its nationals following 'terrorism incidents' in Kenya. According to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs, the advisory was issued 'due to high threat of terrorist attack and high level of crime' in the country.

"We continue to receive regular reports that terrorists are planning a range of attacks in Nairobi and Mombasa. In light of the current security environment, the level of advice for Nairobi and Mombasa has been increased," the government said in an updated travel advisory published on its website yesterday.

"We now advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Nairobi and Mombasa due to high threat of terrorist attack and high level of crime such as armed carjackings and home invasions," it said.

The Australian government said there is an ongoing very high threat of 'kidnap to Westerners', including residents, tourists, journalists and humanitarian workers.

"We strongly advise you not to travel to the border regions with Ethiopia, South Sudan and Somalia because of the extremely dangerous security situation," read the statement in part.

The Australian further mentioned Mandera, Garissa, Wajir, Pate Island in Lamu as 'high risk areas'. "Cross border violence occurs, including attacks by armed groups, kidnapping, armed banditry, and violent tribal and clan disputes".

The government did not identify individuals or groups behind the security threats. However, Al shabaab has on many cases claimed responsibility of attacks such the Westgate Mall attack that claimed 67 persons last September and other terrorism incidents in North Eastern and at the Coast.

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