Because of the increasing potential of terrorism, the United Kingdom has advised its residents in Kenya not to travel to particular sections of the country.
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) of the United Kingdom warned that there is a significant danger of terrorism during religious holidays, including terrorist kidnappings, in a travel alert.
All but essential travel to areas within 60 kilometers of the Kenya-Somali border, Eastern Garissa County, Mandera County (excluding Mandera West sub-county), and Lamu County (excluding Lamu Island and Manda Island) is prohibited, according to the department.
Travelers were also urged to stay away from parts of Tana River County north of the Tana River and 15 kilometers of the shoreline between the Tana River and the Galana River.
The British government has warned citizens in the above-mentioned areas to be on the lookout for terrorist acts carried out by the Somalia-based terror organisation Al-Shabaab.
“The major terrorism danger comes from extremists associated to Al-Shabaab, a Somali militant group opposed to the Somali government,” according to the FCDO.
“Attackers can strike at any time, especially during religious or other public holidays or celebrations. In places frequented by foreigners, attacks could be indiscriminate. You should try to travel during daytime hours and avoid regular patterns of activity.”
The UK has stated that terrorist kidnappings targeting Westerners, including British nationals, are on the rise in the mentioned areas.
“British nationals, especially those working in tourism, humanitarian help, media, or business, are seen as appropriate targets.”ectors. If you’re kidnapped, the reason for your presence is unlikely to serve as a protection or secure your safe release,” the alert added.