NAIROBI, Kenya -- The U.S. Embassy in Kenya warned of a threat to Americans in the country after Nairobi launched a cross-border operation against Islamist militants in Somalia.
The Embassy in a note to U.S. citizens living in or visiting Kenya said yesterday that reprisal attacks could be directed at places that foreigners congregate.
The warning comes a week after Kenyan troops entered Somalia to attack al-Shabab militants. Al-Shabab carried out attacks in July in Uganda which killed 76 people.
Kenya launched its boldest incursion yet into Somalia six days ago after a wave of kidnappings against foreigners that Nairobi has blamed on the al Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab militants. The rebels have denied responsibility for the kidnappings and said Nairobi was using them as a pretext for an attack.