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U.S. issues security alert to Kenya

By Vincent Kejitan | January 25th 2019

The United States of America through its embassy in Nairobi on Thursday issued a security alert to Kenya urging citizens to be on the lookout for any suspicious activity especially in areas frequented by foreigners.

The alert also included telephone numbers and asked U.S. citizens to have their travel documents up to date and easily accessible.

“The U.S. Embassy reminds the public of the continued need for sustained vigilance in public spaces such as shopping malls, hotels, and places of worship,” read the statement in part.

Actions to Take:

  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Stay alert in locations frequented by tourists/Westerners
  • Have travel documents up to date and easily accessible
  • Review your personal security plans


U.S. Embassy Nairobi, Kenya

+254 (0) 20 363 6451

+254 (0) 20 363 6170 (after hours)

[email protected]

This comes a week after a terror attack at 14 Riverside which claimed 21 lives.

Last week Ambassador Robert Godec quashed previous reports that the U.S. had prior notice of the attack, maintaining that his country will continue supporting Kenya in the fight against terrorism.

“The United States continues to work closely with the Kenyan authorities to provide assistance in the aftermath of the January 15 DusitD2 Hotel terrorist attack. Contrary to some false reports on social media, the United States had no advance notice of the attack, nor did we ever advise American citizens or our staff to avoid the DusitD2 prior to the incident.

“We deplore the spread of false information in the wake of this tragedy, which only serves to hamper ongoing efforts to defeat terrorism. We reiterate our deepest condolences to the families and friends of all those who were killed in this craven attack and wish a quick recovery to those who were injured. We stand shoulder to shoulder with Kenya,” said Godec.

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