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February 21, 2019

Extremists targeting Westerners in Nairobi, Coastal regions, US alerts citizens

The scene of the Riverside attack on January 15, 2019. /MONICAH MWANGI
The scene of the Riverside attack on January 15, 2019. /MONICAH MWANGI

Westerners may be targeted by extremists in Nairobi, Naivasha, Nanyuki, and coastal areas of Kenya, the United States has said in its latest security alert.

"We strongly recommend that US citizens travelling to or residing in Nairobi enrol in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program," the embassy said on Monday.

STEP enrollment gives foreigners the latest security updates and makes it easier for the US embassy or nearest US consulate to contact you in an emergency.

"If you don’t have Internet access, enrol directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate," it added.

The U.S. Embassy reminded the public of the continued need for heightened vigilance throughout Kenya, especially in public spaces such as shopping malls, hotels, and places of worship.

This comes after an attack in Westlands hotel in January which claimed the lives of 21 people, including a GSU officer.

On January 25, the US advised Kenyans to stay vigilant in public spaces such as shopping malls, hotels, and places of worship.

Read: US advises Kenyans to be vigilant over terror threats

It also advised foreigners to have their travel documents up to date and easily accessible.

The public was also advised to review their personal security plans.

More on this: How to stay safe during a terror attack

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