Saturday, October 26, 2013

Kenya: Swiss Tourist Shot, Killed in Ukunda Near Mombasa, Motive: Armed Robbery

According to Citizens News, unidentified assailants shot and killed a Swiss tourist this week, stole his smart-phone and fled on a motorbike in Kenya's Ukunda sector, which is located in Kwale County. It is on the coast of the Indian Ocean next to Diani Beach some 30 kilometers south of Mombasa near the border with Tanzania. 

The victim's body was subsequently taken to a private hospital in Mombasa.

COMMENT: Armed robbery is a frequent occurrence in Ukunda, Msambweni, and Lunga Lunga.

As I have said so often in the past, Kenya has been designated as "Critical" threat by the US Department of State on four levels of threat: Critical, High, Medium and Low. Consequently, foreign travelers are frequently preyed on, particularly when traveling solo.

Only travelers who have a well-honed sense of personal security awareness, are familiar with criminal tactics in Kenya and have an internal support system should travel to Kenya.

This report will be updated as new information becomes available.