US, UK warn of possible Kenya terror attack

British tourists queue to check-in at the airline counter as they being evacuated at Moi International Airport in the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa, May 15, 2014. Kenya rebuked Britain, the United States, Australia and France on Thursday for issuing warnings about travel to the east African country, while hoteliers said at least 400 tourists had checked out of hotels along the Indian Ocean coast. Picture: REUTERS/Joseph Okanga
British tourists queue to check-in at the airline counter as they being evacuated at Moi International Airport in the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa, May 15, 2014. Kenya rebuked Britain, the United States, Australia and France on Thursday for issuing warnings about travel to the east African country, while hoteliers said at least 400 tourists had checked out of hotels along the Indian Ocean coast. Picture: REUTERS/Joseph Okanga

Marines at the US Embassy in Nairobi patrol the grounds in bullet proof vests amid an increase in the frequency of emergency drills.

The US Embassy on Friday (16/05/2014) sent out a new travel alert warning of a continued terrorist threat in a country where the embassy suffered a devastating attack in 1998.

An earlier warning this week said for the first time that the embassy itself is taking new steps to increase security “due to recent threat information regarding the international community.”

Britain’s government also warned its citizens this week to avoid the coastal city of Mombasa and beach towns nearby, prompting a travel company to send home hundreds of British citizens from their beach vacations.

Security concerns have long been high in Kenya because of its proximity to Somalia. – Sapa-AP

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