Australia warns of imminent attacks in Kenya

by Elayne Wangalwa 0

Australia has warned Kenya of an imminent attack in the country’s capital city.

The Australian’s government department of foreign affairs and trade said that they have information that extremists may be planning attacks in crowded places in Nairobi.

“We advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Kenya. We continue to recommend that Australians reconsider their need to travel to Nairobi and Mombasa and outskirts due to the high threat of terrorist attack and high level of crime,” the travel advice by the Australian embassy read.

“Kenyan authorities are at a high state of alert. Monitor the media for information about possible new safety or security risks.”

This warning comes less than two days after the United Kingdom (UK) Embassy warned Kenya’s neighbor Uganda of possible attacks in places frequented by foreigners.

“There is a high threat from terrorism. We are aware of recent alerts concerning possible threats to locations in Kampala, including hotels. You should continue to be vigilant at all times, exercise extreme caution and closely monitor this travel advice,” the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said.

From the US embassy bombing in 1998 that killed over 200 people, to the infamous Westgate siege in 2013 that left over 60 dead, Kenya has been a target of terror attacks from Somali insurgent group Al Shabaab and several other attacks last year that left about 200 people dead and scores injured.

Nonetheless, the Kenyan government has been working hard to fight terrorism. During the country’s budgetary address in June 2014 Kenya’s treasury allocated over 170 billion Kenyan shillings towards the security docket in order to enhance capacity of security personnel to deal with the rising threat of terrorism and insecurity through proper training, latest technology and equipment to fight crime.

The Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta also appointed a new cabinet secretary for interior and coordination of national government.

Recently, Kenya announced that it will build a wall along its border with Somalia in order to be able to part of the government’s strategy to monitor movement and contain attacks by Al-Shabaab militants from Somalia.

Last week, the United Kingdom said that the Kenyan government needs to cooperate more on any security information they have as this would help them better understand the threats the country faces and how they can be overcome. The UK said that shared intelligence could possibly lead to a review of a travel advisory it imposed to the East African country last year.

In 2014, four governments including the United Kingdom, the United States, France and Australia issued travel advisories to Kenya in the wake of terror threats in the country.