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UK warns citizens of more attacks in Kenya

03 June 2014, 17:31 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The United Kingdom has once again updated its travel advisory to Kenya, warning its citizens of impending attacks in the country.

The advisory was updated Tuesday by the foreign office, warning of further attacks in areas it termed as unsafe for non essential travel.

" The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to areas within 60km of the Kenya-Somali border Kiwayu and coastal areas north of Pate Island, Garissa District, the Eastleigh area of Nairobi, low income areas of Nairobi, including all township or slum areas Mombasa island and within 5km of the coast from Mtwapa creek in the north down to and including Tiwi in the south, the statement read in part.

The office further asked all its citizens to leave the above mentioned areas as soon as possible.

" If you’re currently in an area to which the FCO advise against all but essential travel, you should consider whether you have an essential reason to remain. If not, you should leave the area.

The UK's advice against travel to low income areas of Nairobi does not include or affect transit through Nairobi airport it said.

The report further states that there is a high threat from terrorism, including kidnapping, terming the main threat comes as being from extremists linked to Al Shabaab, a militant group that has carried out attacks in Kenya in response to the country's military intervention in Somalia. It adds that there has been a spate of small-scale grenade, bomb and armed attacks in Nairobi (especially the area of Eastleigh), Mombasa, and North Eastern Province.

In  May there was an attack in the Gikomba Market, just a few days after the office had warned its citizens of travelling to Kenya.

185,967 British nationals visited Kenya in 2012.

The US, France, Australia and other western countries have also issues travel warnings to the country, in essence hurting the vibrant tourism industry.

It is estimated that close to 15,000 people have lost their jobs due to hotel cancellations and closures due to the advisories.

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