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US warns of a possible terror attack in Kenya

NAIROBI — The US government warned Monday that a terror attack on prominent government buildings and hotels in Kenya’s capital could be imminent.

The US Embassy in Kenya said the timing of the attack is not known but American officials believe it to be in its final planning stages. They did not give further details.

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The embassy urged Americans to be vigilant.

Al Shabab militants from neighboring Somalia, who are linked to Al Qaeda, have vowed to carry out an attack on Kenya for sending troops into Somalia.

Kenya sent hundreds of troops into Somalia in October last year after a wave of kidnappings, including those of four Europeans on Kenyan soil, blamed on Al Shabab.

Two weeks after the Kenyan attacks began, one person died and at least 20 were injured in two bomb blasts in Nairobi that the government said were inspired by Al Shabaab.

At least six people died and 68 were injured March 10, when hand grenades were thrown from a moving car at people waiting at a bus station on the outskirts of Nairobi. Al Shabaab denied responsibility for the attack.

In January, Britain updated its travel advice for Kenya and advised its nationals to exercise “extra vigilance and caution in public places.’’ Any attack may be indiscriminate and target Kenyan institutions as well as places where expatriates and foreign travellers gather, the Foreign Office said.

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