USA Embassy in Nairobi – kenya remains closed. This is the main reason…


The United States Embassy in Nairobi has been shut
for the day following Thursday’s killing of a man who
attacked a General Service Unit (GSU) officer guarding
the facility.
In a statement on its website, the Embassy said it was
cancelling consular services but would retain
emergency services for American citizens.
Further, the Embassy urged US nationals to remain
vigilant by monitoring local news updates and travel
warnings.
“We strongly recommend that US citizens traveling to
or residing in Nairobi enroll in the State Department’s
Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP
enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and
makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S.
consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you
don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the U.S.
Embassy,” read the statement.
The man who was killed was attempting to gain entry
into the facility when the GSU officer intervened.
Then, the assailant pulled out a knife stabbed the GSU
officer before he was gunned down.
Even though the US Embassy did not give reasons for
the temporary closure, past incidents may have
informed the decision especially after the deadly attack
in Benghazi five years ago.
On September 11, 2012, militants attacked the US
Embassy in Libya leading to the death of US
Ambassador Christopher Stevens, a senior state
department official and two Navy Seals.
In Benghazi, American authorities initially said the
attack was random but it turned out that it was a pre-
planned strike leading to the questioning of US
presidential candidate Hillary Clinton who was then the
Secretary of State.

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