The US Embassy in Nairobi issued a travel advisory warning American citizens to exercise caution due to risks of crime, terrorism and kidnapping.
It urged citizens to avoid areas near the Kenya-Somalia border and the coastal region, the CNN reported Saturday.
The move came after Kenyan kidnappers seized two Cuban doctors near Kenya’s border with Somalia in a brazen attack that authorities of the East African nation say is likely linked to the Al-Shabaab terror group.
A police escort officer was shot and killed in the assault.
The abduction happened Friday as the doctors headed to Mandera County Referral Hospital, where they worked.
They were in a government vehicle escorted by two police officers when two cars boxed them near the border with Somalia, the Kenya police said.
One officer was fatally shot and the attackers seized the doctors, put them in their car and drove across the border, police said. The government car that was carrying the doctors has been found and its driver taken for questioning.