The US administration has warned airlines against flying over parts of the Kenyan airspace, citing possible terror threats. In a flight advisory dated February 26, the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) urged all US-registered airlines to be cautious while overflying the Kenyan airspace due to the possibility of extremist/militant activity.
This alert comes as a response to recent attacks carried out by the Al Shabaab terrorist group over the past few months on Kenya including a direct attack on 5th January 2020 on a military airstrip in Lamu County, killing 3 US personnel.
The country has recently seen an upsurge of terror warnings, the most recent being: “Terrorist groups may be plotting an attack against a major hotel in Nairobi. The exact hotel has not been identified, but it is believed to be popular with tourists and business travelers,” the US embassy said.
This isn’t something new to the aviation industry in Kenya as The United Kingdom has once before suspended flights to Kenya for a month. This has, in turn, dealt a blow to the Aviation and Tourism sectors in Kenya.
Inspector-General Hillary Mutyambai has appealed to the public to share information with security agencies and assured Kenyans of safety amid fears of an impending attack in Nairobi or elsewhere in the country.
Mr. Mutyambai called for extra vigilance but said the National Police Service had been deployed adequately in areas at risk of attacks. “We have enhanced police deployment in our cities, towns and particularly in those parts of the country where criminal elements have occasionally instigated criminal activities,” the police boss said.
“However, we wish to caution the public to be extra vigilant even as police and other security agencies continue to work round the clock to ensure the safety of our country and Kenyans at large”
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