Nairobi, Kenya • Kenya on Saturday sharply criticized a decision by the United States to reissue a travel advisory for the country in the wake of the deadly attack on an upscale mall in the capital Nairobi, highlighting fears that the assault could hurt the East African nation's lucrative tourism industry.
The U.S. State Department released the updated advisory on Friday that made specific reference to the Sept. 21 terrorist attack on the Westgate Mall that left at least 67 people dead, including several foreigners. Five Americans were injured in the attack, according to the State Department.
The advisory, which contained similar wording to one issued in June, warned Americans to take caution in light of ongoing terrorist threats and the high rate of violent crime in some areas. It noted that U.S. authorities continue to receive information about "potential terrorist threats aimed at U.S., Western, and Kenyan interests in Kenya, including in the Nairobi area and in the coastal city of Mombasa."