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US evacuates Kenya embassy staff after attacks

A US marine raises the flag during the inauguration of the new embassy complex in Nairobi, Kenya on March 3, 2003The United States said Friday it was evacuating some of its Kenyan embassy staff due to security risks in the wake of attacks by Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants that left dozens dead. Travel restrictions have been put into place for government personnel and “based on the recent changes in Kenya’s security situation, the embassy is also relocating some staff to other countries,” the State Department said. The State Department warned US citizens of the risks of traveling to the African country, also urging those already there to “evaluate their personal security situation in light of continuing and recently heightened threats from terrorism and the high rate of violent crime in some areas.” “The US government continues to receive information about potential terrorist threats aimed at US, Western, and Kenyan interests in Kenya,” it said.

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