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02 Jan 2020 | 10:58 AM UTC

Kenya: Suspected Al-Shabaab attack reported in Lamu county January 2

At least three killed and two wounded in Lamu county following suspected Al-Shabaab attack January 2; additional attacks possible over the near term



Unidentified militants killed three people and wounded two others in Lamu county, near Kenya's border with Somalia, on Thursday afternoon (local time), January 2. According to local police officials, the assailants ambushed a passenger bus and sprayed the vehicle with bullets. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, though Al-Shabaab is known to be active in the area.

Similar attacks are possible in Lamu county over the near term


Individuals in Lamu county are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid the area of the incident, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.

Due to various security concerns, many Western governments advise against travel to a number of regions in the country, including areas bordering Somalia (parts of Garissa, Mandera, Wajir, and Lamu counties), Ethiopia, and South Sudan. Nonessential travel to the city of Mombasa and several Nairobi neighborhoods (including Eastleigh and Pangani) is also advised against.

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