Kenya said Friday it has boosted security after several foreign embassies warned of the risk of possible terror attacks targeting Westerners, particularly in the capital Nairobi.
Heavily armed police officers were patrolling the streets of Nairobi and security was boosted outside key government offices, five-star hotels, private buildings and shopping malls.
National police spokesman Bruno Shioso assured the public that security had been “beefed up” around the country, especially in cities, to ensure the protection of Kenyans and critical infrastructure.
“We urge Kenyans to remain calm and also share any information on suspicious activities with the police,” he said.
The French embassy issued a message to its nationals, warning of the risk of an attack in Nairobi in the coming days.
It said on its website there was a “real risk” of places frequented by foreigners such as restaurants, hotels and shopping centres being targeted.
“People in Kenya are advised to be extremely vigilant and avoid these public places in the coming days, including this weekend,” it said.