On Friday, April 24, the US Embassy in Nairobi issued a terrorist-threat reminder to US citizens present in Kenya during the month of Ramadan, stating that terrorist groups 'have a history of carrying attacks' during this period. The Embassy recommends citizens to be aware of their surroundings and to 'review their personal security plans'.
Ramadan is a month of reflection and self-restraint for Muslims and carries great significance in the Muslim calendar. Muslims traditionally fast during daylight hours and are called to practice increased devotion and prayer. More generally, this period also marks an increase in the terror threat in Kenya.
The Ramadan period in Kenya started on the eve of Thursday, April 23 and is expected to end on the eve of Saturday, May 23.
Kenya remains on high alert for attacks conducted by Al-Shabaab. The group continues to carry out attacks near the porous border with Somalia as well as in coastal areas, and in the capital Nairobi, in retaliation for Kenya's participation in a multi-national force fighting Al-Shabaab in Somalia since 2011.
Individuals in Kenya are advised to avoid eating, drinking, and smoking in public during the Ramadan and anticipate disruptions to business and government schedules. Travelers during this period are advised to allow additional time to reach their destination and avoid any forms of public gatherings or demonstrations as a precaution.
Individuals are advised to exercise increased vigilance for militant activity, particularly when visiting or staying at hotels and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
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