Foreign Office warns Britons to avoid travelling to Kenyan coast

12 July-2014, BBC: The Foreign Office has warned Britons to avoid travelling to areas of the Kenyan coast, after attacks by militants left at least 87 people dead.

Foreign Office warns Britons to avoid travelling to Kenyan coast

Foreign Office warns Britons to avoid travelling to Kenyan coast

Police at the scene of an attack in Kenya

The advice warns against all but “essential” travel to the coastal counties of Lamu and Tana River.

It comes after militant group Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for a series of recent attacks in the region.

Warnings remain in place for areas around the Kenya-Somali border, as well as parts of the capital, Nairobi.

The latest advice comes after attacks by gunmen in Mpeketoni, Poromoko and Maleli Kakati – all in Lamu county – left 65 people dead following attacks last month.

One attack was carried out at a police station, where eight inmates were among the dead, the Kenya Red Cross said.

In the most recent attacks, a total of 22 people were killed in raids on 5 July in the village of Hindi, also in Lamu county, and Gamba, in Tana River county, it added.

‘Constant review’

The attacks have resulted in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) adding the regions to a list of Kenyan areas where travellers have been warned against going to.

The advice reads: “If you are currently in an area to which we now advise against all but essential travel, you should consider whether you have an essential reason to remain.

“If not, you should leave the area.”

The FCO said travel advice to the country was being kept under “constant review”.

In May, around 400 British holidaymakers returned to the UK from Kenya after 10 people were killed when two explosions hit Nairobi.

The tourists were flown back from the East African country’s other main town, Mombasa, by tour operators Thomson and First Choice.

Both Thomson and First Choice cancelled all outbound flights to Kenya until 31 October.

The Foreign Office said 185,967 British nationals visited Kenya in 2012.

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