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US issues Mombasa travel warning

04 October 2013, 19:04

Nairobi - The United States Embassy has discouraged its citizens from visiting Mombasa amid fears the violence in the city might worsen.

In a statement, the embassy noted reports of demonstrations, some of them violent, and police action in Mombasa following the shooting of a
prominent Muslim cleric overnight near the city.

Supporters allege security forces shot Sheikh Ibrahim Omar dead shortly after he reportedly preached at a mosque that has been in the past linked to Somali Al Shabaab Islamists who claimed responsibility for the recent Westgate Mall terror attack.

Areas in Mombasa with reported violence include the central business district, Manjengo, Makadara, Bondeni and Ngomani. It has been reported
youth have also blocked the Mombasa-Malindi road in the Kisauni district.

"There is the potential of further demonstrations and violence. The Embassy has restricted travel by official Americans to Mombasa. We strongly encourage all American citizens to avoid these areas and exercise caution near or around large gatherings. We encourage American citizens to avoid travel in and around Mombasa and to minimize time on the road until the situation stabilizes," the embassy stated.

It encouraged American citizens in Mombasa to stay tuned to local media sources for more information.

- CAJ News


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