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World Washington warns Kenya against threats of attack on Nairobi hotel

23:05  27 february  2020
23:05  27 february  2020 Source:   lexpress.fr

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According to the United States, the hotel has not been precisely identified but it is a hotel frequented by tourists and foreigners on a work mission.

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The United States warned Thursday against threats of attack against "a large hotel in Nairobi", calling their nationals in the Kenyan capital to "increased vigilance".

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"Terrorist groups may be planning an attack on a large hotel in Nairobi. The hotel was not identified with precision, but it would be a hotel frequented by tourists and foreigners on work mission, "said the US State Department in a" security alert "posted on Twitter.

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This alert, which comes from the American embassy in Kenya, asks travelers who are in a hotel in the capital to "read the evacuation plan" and follow the news in the local media. American diplomacy does not specify who is behind this planned terrorist attack.

Strengthening of security

The Kenyan police for its part announced Thursday in a statement a strengthening of security to deal with "some criminal elements who may want to attack the population", without further details. Police urge residents to be extra vigilant, without providing details of the threat.

Since its military intervention in the south of Somalia in 2011 to fight against the Somali Islamist group of shebabs, Kenya has been frequently the target of murderous attacks.

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In January, the Shebabs attacked an American-Kenyan military base in Lamu, in the south-east of the country, killing three Americans - a soldier and two Pentagon contractors - and destroying several planes.

Shortly after, they called the attack a "warning" to Kenya, promising "it would never be safe", threatening tourists and calling for new attacks on American interests. In April 2015, 148 people were killed in an attack on the University of Garissa (east). In Nairobi, the attacks on the Westgate shopping center killed 67 people in September 2013.

More recently, Kenyan shebabs attacked in January 2019 a Nairobi complex comprising the Dusit hotel and offices, killing 21 people .

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