Police killed three suspected Al-Shabaab militants in a heavy exchange of gunfire in the Kiunga (Lamu county) area on Monday, July 15, after the militants carried out an improvised explosive device (IED) attack in the area near the Kenyan-Somali border, wounding two police officers.
Similar Al-Shabaab attacks and clashes between Kenyan security forces and Al-Shabaab militants are possible near the Kenyan-Somali border over the near term.
Al-Shabaab continues to regularly carry out attacks near the porous border with Somalia as well as in coastal areas in retaliation for Kenya's participation in a multinational force fighting Al-Shabaab in Somalia since 2011.
Individuals in Kenya are advised to monitor developments, avoid nonessential travel to areas near the Kenyan-Somali border due to the risk of terror-related violence, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
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