NAIROBI – Militants may be planning attacks against crowded places in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, the Australian government said in a travel alert on Friday, without naming any group it suspected might opt for violence.
The Kenyan government was not immediately available for comment but has criticised such alerts in the past, saying they hurt Kenya’s vital tourism industry and play into the hands of those behind the gun and grenade assaults.
The Australian travel advisory came days after a warning by the US Embassy in Uganda that it had information of “possible terrorist threats” to locations frequented by Westerners in Kampala, the capital of the east African nation.
“Current information suggests that terrorists may be planning attacks against crowded locations in Nairobi in the near future,” said an alert on Smart Traveller, the Australian government’s travel advice website.
There was no immediate indication of other embassies changing their cautionary notices. Britain and the United States are among those that already urge their citizens to be vigilant and avoid some areas in the region.READ MORE