Kenya issues travel warning against Heathrow Airport

A passenger enters departures in Terminal 2 at Heathrow Airport in London July 3, 2014. (Reuters)

Karanja Kibicho, the principal secretary of Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said Britain was the most probable target for al-Qaeda-inspired terrorists.

Kenya’s government has urged its citizens not to visit Heathrow Airport, following the British Foreign Office’s warning against traveling to large parts of Kenya, The Times reported Monday.

The Foreign Office warning follows a spate of attacks by suspected al-Shabaab militants on coastal areas in Kenya that are frequented by tourists.

Karanja Kibicho, the principal secretary of Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said Britain was the most probable target for al-Qaeda-inspired terrorists, The Times reported.

“Kenyans are therefore advised to seek alternative travel routes to connect to the United States and European countries,” Kibicho said.

The Foreign Office renewed its travel advice Saturday to comprise the Lamu archipelago, Lamu county and parts of Tana River county, where it advises “against all but essential travel.”

A series of outbreaks of violence has resulted in more than 80 deaths.

No immediate effect

Kenya Airways said Kibicho’s announcement had no immediate effect on its direct flights to Heathrow.

Abdul Basheikh, the secretary of the Lamu Cultural Promotion Group, said it was not yet clear who was responsible for violence, but tourists had not been targeted.

“The politics of Lamu was the politics of co-existence,” he said. “The backbone of Lamu’s economy is tourism, and the few tourists who are still here are still enjoying their stay in Lamu.”

The Times reported: “Leaflets appeared on Lamu Island last week threatening to kill Christians. Issa Timamy, the governor of Lamu County, was arrested on suspicion of murder, but a judge set him free until the police produced more evidence.”

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