The United States has warned its citizens in Kenya of possible terrorist attacks ahead President Barack Obama’s visit to the east African nation.
Obama is expected to give a speech to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Nairobi which starts on July 24.
The U.S. State Department said in a statement that “with all large public events, there is the opportunity for criminal elements to target participants and other visitors”.
It further said that big public events such as this summit can also be a target for terrorists.
“U.S. citizens should maintain a high level of security awareness.”
The U.S. embassy in Nairobi, in its previous warning last issued in May, said its citizens should be “aware of continuing and recently heightened threats from terrorism and the high rate of violent crime in some areas”.
According to AFP, Obama’s visit later this month will be his fourth to Africa since becoming U.S. president, but his first to Kenya since taking office in 2009, his father’s birthplace.
After Kenya, Obama will travel to Ethiopia, where he will become the first sitting American leader to visit.
Kenya has over the years become prone to attacks by the Somali insurgents Al Shabaab who are revenging the intervention of Kenyan troops in their country.
In April, they 148 people at Garissa University adding to 67 people they killed in 2013 attack on the Westgate mall in the capital Nairobi.