US Embassy in Nairobi closed Friday after shooting incident

October 28, 2016 7:55 am
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A statement from the Embassy said that routine consular services have been cancelled but it will continue to serve US citizens in need of emergency consular services. Photo/MOSES MUOKI.
A statement from the Embassy said that routine consular services have been cancelled but it will continue to serve US citizens in need of emergency consular services. Photo/MOSES MUOKI.
NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 28 – The US Embassy in Nairobi will remain closed on Friday following the killing of a man who was shot after stabbing a GSU officer outside its precincts on Thursday.

A statement from the Embassy said that routine consular services have been cancelled but it will continue to serve US citizens in need of emergency consular services.

“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 said, adding that “No Embassy personnel were involved and no U.S. citizens are known to have been affected by this incident.”

US citizens were urged to remain vigilant at all times.

“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,” it added.

Kenyan detectives investigating the incident said they had identified the man who was killed after stabbing the GSU officer, as a 24-year-old Kenyan from Wajir.

Area police Chief Vitallis Otieno said investigations are ongoing to establish if he had other accomplices when he set out to attack the officer outside the heavily guarded facility in Kenya.

“We already know who he is, he has been identified as a Kenyan from Wajir, but we cannot provide more details at this time because investigations are underway,” Otieno said, adding that they were also keen to know if he had accomplices.

Security was on Friday tightened around the US embassy and the United Nations in Gigiri following the attack on the GSU officer as police sought to establish terrorism links on the slain man.

The wounded officer was rushed to hospital after suffering injuries to the head and hand, but police said they had been assured that he was out of danger.

The well-guarded US embassy in Nairobi is located opposite the main UN complex in Gigiri, an up market suburb in the city’s north popular with expatriates.

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