The U.S. Embassy in Kenya is warning U.S. citizens to defer travel to Kenya and to depart early from Kenya. The Embassy has also taken steps to restrict Embassy personnel from open travel, along with any dependents, saying they have received credible intelligence of an attack.
Tensions in the area have increased sharply after Kenya forces pursued Somali pirates across the border into Somalia after they abducted a 60 year old French lady in a wheelchair and two workers from the international aid agency Doctors Without Borders. The wheelchair-bound woman later died while in the pirates' custody.
"This is to inform U.S. citizens residing in or visiting Kenya that the U.S. Embassy in Kenya has received credible information of an imminent threat of terrorist attacks directed at prominent Kenyan facilities and areas where foreigners are known to congregate, such as malls and night clubs," the U.S. Embassy said in an emergency message.
Al-Shabaab is a listed terrorist organization linked to al Qaeda and is fighting to impose its own interpretation of Islamic law, or sharia, on Somalia. The same group, which has taken credit for many of the kidnappings, has denied involvement of the incident with Doctors without Borders.