In response to the recent terrorist-linked attack on an upscale mall in Nairobi, the United States has instated a travel advisory warning U.S. citizens to be wary of traveling to Kenya at this time. The advisory urges citizens to "evaluate their personal security situation in light of continuing and recently heightened threats from terrorism" in regards to any future travel plans to the country.
Kenyan interior minister Joseph Ole Lenku has been quick to demonstrate his anger over the newly imposed advisory. Calling it "counterproductive in the fight against global terrorism," Ole Lenku urged Washington to lift the warning, arguing that the Kenyan police have now reportedly arrested and killed several suspects and have regained security of the mall. Although numbers vary, an estimated 67 victims were killed in the mall attack, which was organized by the Somali Islamist militant group al-Shabaab.
President Obama has offered law enforcement support as well as his condolences to the east African country. “I want to express personally my condolences not only to President Kenyatta, who lost some family members in the attack, but to the Kenyan people,” Obama told reporters shortly after news of the attack was released. However, there has been no response thus far from Washington as to whether the travel advisory will be lifted.