US Issues Terror Alert in Kenya

  • Police officers at the scene of the Dusit terror attack on January 15, 2020.
    Police officers at the scene of the Dusit terror attack on January 15, 2020.
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  • The United States Embassy has warned of a possible terror attack in Nairobi.

    In a statement sent to newsrooms on Thursday, February 27, the embassy warned of a potential attack in an unnamed hotel in Nairobi.

    "Terrorists may be plotting an attack against a major hotel in Nairobi. The exact hotel has not been identified, but is believed to be one popular with tourists and business travelers," the notice reads.

    In the release, the embassy directed that people in the city increase vigilance when visiting and staying in hotels in the Nairobi area.

    A Kenyan police officer holding a gun
    A Kenyan police officer holding a gun
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    It further urged those staying in hotels to familiarize themselves with the evacuation plans and to prepare ahead on how to exit in the case of an emergency.

    The embassy also told the residents and guests in the country to review their personal security plans and to be aware of the local environment while monitoring the local media for updates.

    The warning by the US embassy comes hours after the Kenya Police released a notice indicating that they had intensified security efforts across the country.

    In a  statement posted on their social media pages, the National Police Service indicated that they had taken every step to improve security in the country.

    "We have enhanced police deployment in our cities, towns and particular;y  in those parts of the country where criminal elements are cut from entering the country.

    "However, we wish to caution the public to be extra vigilant even as the police and other security agencies continue to work round the clock to ensure the safety and service of our country and Kenyans at large," the statement reads.

    They also urged Kenyans to go about their daily activities without fear but to also be on the lookout and report anything suspicious.

    The statement by the police also called for cooperation from members of the public at all times.

    National Police Service statement released on February 27, 2020
    National Police Service statement released on February 27, 2020
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