– A statement by the US Department of State cautioned American citizens against travelling to some parts of Kenya
– The department specifically mentioned Turkana and the Kenya-Somalia border as areas that should be avoided at all costs
– It asked its citizens to reconsider travelling to Eastleigh, Kibra and the coastal region due to rising crime cases
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The United States (US) has issued a travel advisory against Kenya citing rising cases of kidnapping, terrorism and other criminal activities.
A statement by the US Department of State cautioned American citizens against travelling to some parts of Kenya and consider the risks if they have to travel.
The department specifically mentioned Turkana and the Kenya-Somalia border as areas that should be avoided at all costs.
It asked its citizens to reconsider travelling to Eastleigh, Kibra, and the coastal region stating they were not safe.
“Do not travel to the Kenya-Somalia border and some coastal areas due to terrorism and areas of Turkana county due to crime. Reconsider travel to Nairobi neighbourhoods of Eastleigh and Kibera at all times due to crime and kidnapping. Be especially careful when travelling after dark anywhere in Kenya due to crime,” part of the statement read.
The US said kidnappings, violent crime, mugging and carjackings had become the order of the day in Kenya.
“Violent crime, such as armed carjacking, mugging, home invasion, and kidnapping can occur at any time. Local police are willing but often lack the capability to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents and terrorist attacks. Emergency medical and fire service is also limited,” it stated.
The warning came after American businessman Mohammed Bashir who had been missing for 10 days was found dead.
The remains of the Somali-American national were found at Kerugoya Level 5 Hospital in Kirinyaga on Saturday, March 23.
In a letter to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji, the legal representatives asked for probe into the circumstances surrounding the death of Bashir.
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