US warns against travel to Kenya

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“U.S. citizens of Somali descent should be aware that they may encounter interruptions in their travel due to these directives. It is very important to carry proof of identity and legal status in Kenya (i.e., valid visa). If you are detained by police or immigration officials, you should request to speak to someone from the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi.”

The State Department's last warning, in July, caused a stir when Kenyan authorities protested advice that American citizens vacate the coastal towns of Kenya, especially Mombasa, because of an “imminent threat” of terrorism. Two Iranians had been accused of planting explosives at a Mombasa golf club.

Last month, the White House took the unusual step of condemning renewed communal violence in the East African nation.