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US issues new travel advisory against eight Kenyan counties over tough economic times

US issues new travel advisory against eight Kenyan counties over tough economic times, kidnappings, terror threats among others.

The US State Department has issued a Level 2 travel advisory to its citizens against eight Kenyan counties including Mandera, Turkana, Kilifi, Nairobi, and Tana River.

The United States asked its citizens within Kenya and those intending to travel to exercise increased caution, a reprieve from the Level 3 issued during the August election.

“Exercise increased caution in Kenya due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, and kidnapping. Some areas have increased risk,” read the statement in part.

Notably, the US issued a Level 4 – Do not travel – caution to Turkana County, due to high criminality and armed robberies, particularly along the Kainuk-Lodwar Road.

Americans were warned of traveling to Mandera, Wajir, Garissa, Tana River, Lamu, and areas North of Kilifi over abductions and terrorism.

Additionally, the Department of State advised its people against visiting Eastleigh and Kibera, citing the possibility that the police might not be able to appropriately address the criminal incidents.

“Violent crime, such as armed carjacking, mugging, home invasion, and kidnapping, can occur at any time. Street crime can involve multiple armed assailants. Local police often lack the resources and training to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents,” read the advisory in part.

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It recommended that its citizens be vigilant about demonstrations which it pegged to the tough economic times witnessed in the country.

“Strikes and other protest activity related to political and economic conditions occur regularly, particularly in periods near elections,” the cautionary note read.

Americans were advised to monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust their plans and not to physically resist any robbery attempt.

Further, they should always carry a copy of their U.S. passport and visa (if applicable). Keep original documents in a secure location.

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