NAIROBI, Kenya, April 2 – The French Embassy in Kenya has urged Kenyan citizens and foreign nationals in the country to be vigilant during the upcoming Easter and Ramadan holidays, citing an increased terrorist risk in the country.
He further warned all those present in the country during this period to avoid gatherings which could be potential targets for terrorist groups planning to disrupt the peace.
“It is therefore recommended that all people present in the country exercise extreme vigilance and stay away from any gathering during this period,” the French embassy in Kenya said on Thursday.
The UK Embassy in Kenya also issued a similar warning to its citizens against travel to a number of areas in the North East region in April.
“The month of Ramadan is expected to start on April 2 or 3 and will last 29 to 30 days. Sunday, April 17 is the Christian holiday of Easter. There is a high risk of terrorism during religious holidays. During this period, British nationals are advised to be extremely vigilant, especially in Nairobi. Attacks could be indiscriminate and include places frequented by foreigners, including embassies and hotels,” the UK Embassy in Kenya said.
The embassy said there is an increased threat of terrorism, including terrorist kidnappings, across Kenya.
“Attacks, including terrorist kidnappings, could target Westerners, including British nationals. Attacks can occur at any time, including around public holidays or religious or other celebrations,” he warned.
The warning came days after the National Police Service announced that together with its partners in the multi-agency framework, they had taken adequate measures to ensure security in all public spaces.
Police spokesman Bruno Shioso said in a March 29 statement that special arrangements had been made to secure major urban areas, including all critical infrastructure and places of interest.
“Security agencies have also strengthened their surveillance and intelligence capabilities against suspicious individuals and organized gangs,” Shioso said.
He stressed that the measures are in line with the mandate of the NPS and other partner security agencies to protect life and property.
“We will continue to play this role with diligence, patriotism and professionalism to protect our motherland and promote peaceful coexistence,” he added.
Shioso called on members of the public to embrace community policing partnership and urged them to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity during the period.
Kenya borders Somalia, a base for the Al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group Al-Shabaab, which has staged a series of attacks in the country.