Kenya

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Ian Lucas Ian Lucas Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his assessment is of the security situation in Kenya.

Photo of Henry Bellingham Henry Bellingham The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

While Kenya is generally safe and stable, there are high levels of crime in parts of the country. There is also a high threat of terrorism. The Kenyan authorities have increased security to counter reprisal attacks following Kenyan military intervention in Somalia last October. Recent terrorist attacks have occurred in Kenya’s North East Province, Mombasa and Nairobi. The Kenyan people have borne the brunt of these attacks to date but places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers could also be a target. The British Government is providing assistance to the Kenyan authorities to help counter security threats.

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