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The United States warns citizens not to travel to Kenya.

gThe United States of America has issued a travel warning to its citizens traveling to Kenya as well as those already living there.

The US Embassy in Nairobi issued a statement on Thursday, October 21, cautioning its citizens against traveling to the Kenya-Somalia border and some coastal areas prone to terrorism.

It also advised them not to travel to areas within Turkana due to the county's high crime rate.

The Embassy further red zoned the Eastleigh and Kibera slums, stating that they are dangerous to their citizens, who are at risk of being mugged or kidnapped.

Armed carjacking, mugging, home invasion, and kidnapping are common in these areas. Due to crime, be especially cautious when traveling after dark anywhere in Kenya "In part, their statement was read.

They also added "Local police are eager to help, but they frequently lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents and terrorist attacks. There is also a scarcity of emergency medical and fire services."

The United States cited terror attacks on both locals and foreigners as one of the reasons for the travel warning.

Terrorist attacks on Kenyan and foreign government facilities, tourist locations, transportation hubs, hotels, resorts, markets/shopping malls, and places of worship have occurred with little or no warning. "These terrorist acts included armed assaults, suicide operations, bomb/grenade attacks, and kidnappings."

Residents were urged to seek assistance and protection if they traveled to Somalia or areas near the border.

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