FO issues Kenya travel warning

04 October 2011 09:40

The UK Foreign Office has urged people not to travel to certain parts of northern Kenya

The UK Foreign Office has urged people not to travel to certain parts of northern Kenya

The Foreign Office has urged British travellers to avoid visiting Kenyan coastal areas which are situated less than 93 miles from the Somali border.

Somali militants kidnapped a French woman from a beach resort in northern Kenya over the weekend, which forced the UK Foreign Office to issue the warning.

By ignoring the Government's guidance and heading to the region regardless, holidaymakers could potentially jeopardise the their travel insurance.

The latest kidnapping incident follows the death of Briton David Tebbutt and the abduction of his wife, Judith, close to the tourist town of Lamu last month.

The Foreign Office stated: "We advise against all but essential travel to coastal areas within 150km of the Somali border, following two attacks by armed gangs in small boats against beach resorts in the Lamu area."

It added: "This advice will be kept under review. Both attacks were on beach-front properties, with two Westerners kidnapped and one murdered."

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