The US temporarily closed its embassy in the Kenyan capital Nairobi after a knife-wielding man was shot dead outside its compound.
The US Embassy in Nairobi is located in the Gigiri district, which is also home to several other countries’ embassies.
A police officer shot and killed a man who stabbed him as he stood guard outside the US Embassy in Nairobi Thursday, authorities told CNN.
“The officer fired back in self-defense and managed to kill (the attacker). My officer is in hospital in a stable condition. The victim died on the spot,” Vitalis Otieno, the Gigiri division commanding officer of the Nairobi Police, told CNN.
The man killed was a Kenyan national, police said, but they are not releasing his name while the case is under investigation. His motive was not immediately clear.
The officer was stabbed in the head, Otieno said.
The US Embassy confirmed that a shooting had taken place outside its premises and said none of its staff members were involved.
“Confirmed: Shooting incident near the Embassy. No Embassy personnel were involved. We refer you 2 Kenyan authorities 4 further details,” the embassy tweeted.
“Photos circulating on social media showed what appeared to be the man, lying lifeless next to a pool of blood as a uniformed officer looks over him, taking notes.”
“The Embassy will be closed to the public on October 28. While routine consular services have been cancelled, emergency consular services for U.S. citizens continue to be available.”
The statement added: “Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates. Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.”
The embassy also recommended that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Nairobi enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
“STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the U.S. Embassy.”
The embassy also advised regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, including the Travel Warning for Kenya, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.