United States issues travel alert in Kenya ahead of Obama visi

Malik claimed that he has never been invited to Obama’s home in the USA, and the Kenyan presidency said that Obama will not be visiting Kogelo, which is 193 miles northwest of the capital Nairobi, during his trip. “Large-scale public events such as this Summit can also be a target for terrorists”, read the advisory.

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The alert warned US citizens to maintain a high level of security awareness, and enrol in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive pertinent safety and security information.

Their deadliest assault to date happened at a university in the north-easter Kenyan town of Garissa in April, when four gunmen killed 148 people.

The government yesterday said the visits by top world leaders in the country is a clear indication of the strong relations Kenya is enjoying with its partners even as it made it clear that plans to host U.S. President Barack Obama during the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) are in top gear.

Canada too issued its alert earlier in the month urging its citizens to exercise a high degree of caution due to the increasing number of terrorist attacks and incidents of crime.

The Al Shabab have since stepped up their operations in Kenya, dealing a blow to plans for the troops to serve as a buffer and protect the long, porous border.

Despite its growing economy and status as a regional hub, Kenya has been hampered by spillover violence from neighboring Somalia, where al Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab controls large swaths of the country.

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In 2013, during his first visit to Africa as president, Obama visited South Africa, Senegal and Tanzania but not his ancestral Kenya, which local newspapers called a snub.

A man plant a tree along a section of Uhuru Highway one of the streets along which President Barack Obama is expected to travel