The United States (US) Embassy in Nairobi has taken strict action after the shooting of a suspected Al Shabaab outside its Gigiri offices on Thursday evening.
According to a circular released by the Embassy, the consular offices will remain closed from Friday until Monday, October 31, when normal operations will resume.
“The Embassy will be closed to the public on October 28. While routine consular services have been cancelled, emergency consular services for U.S. citizens continue to be available,” the statement read in part.
In the presser, the US alerted its citizen living in Nairobi on some of the steps they ought to take to ensure they get up to date security warnings.
“We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens travelling to or residing in Nairobi enrol in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency,” the Embassy stated.
The suspected terrorist caused panic at the US Embassy visa section when he attempted to forcefully enter the heavily-guarded premises, but was confronted by a General Service Unit officer.
According to Gigiri OCPD Vitalis Otieno, after the brawl, the man removed a dagger from his trousers and tried to stab the officer but was gunned down.
The man identified to be from Wajir County did not have any mobile phone on him but had a SIM card in his pocket.
He was also in possession of documents which showed that he had reported three cases at the Pangani Police Station.
It is believed that he could be a lone terrorist as he did not have material assistance during the ambush.