Thursday, July 24, 2014

Kenya: Update--Female Tourist, Shot, Killed in Mombasa, Travel Warnings Should Be Heeded

According to Reuters, a female tourist was shot and killed in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa on Thursday (July 24) in roughly the same area where a Russian visitor was murdered earlier in July, a police official reported.
 
The attack did not immediately appear to be linked to a spate of bombings and shootings by militants and gunmen who have killed dozens of Kenyans on the coast in the past few months.

"A female tourist was killed in the Kibokoni area," Robert Sicharani, head of Tourist Police Unit in Kenya's Coast region, told Reuters. "She was confirmed dead at the hospital."

The nationality of the victim was apparently not released, very likely pending notification of next-of-kin.

COMMENT: If "clues" mean anything to foreign nationals, today's shooting would suggest that those foreigners who have ignored their governments' travel warnings should promptly leave Mombasa if not Kenya itself.

The head of the Tourist Police said the shooting death was being investigated and more details would be forthcoming. 

A Russian woman was killed by a gang who robbed her companions earlier in July in the same area, which lies near Mombasa's historic Fort Jesus. 

Numerous Western nations have warned against travel to Mombasa and other areas of Kenya, citing both criminal and terrorist threats.

This report will be updated as new information becomes available.