Israeli national carrier El Al Airlines said on Sunday it had suspended flights to Nairobi, becoming the second airline to stop its service to Kenya after terrorist threats against United States and British interests. El Al, which runs one weekly flight to Nairobi, said its actions came in response to orders from Israel’s Shin Bet domestic security agency. An Israeli charter airliner narrowly missed being hit by two missiles fired by militants in the seaside town of Mombasa last November. The attack was timed to coincide with the bombing of an Israeli-owned resort in the town. “Because of instructions from the Shin Bet, El Al will cease flights to Kenya,” the state-run carrier said in a statement. On Friday, British Airways stopped flights to and from Kenya after the Foreign Office advised against non-essential travel “in light of the risk there of global terrorist activity”. The flight ban came after Kenya’s Security Ministry said a suspected senior al Qaeda member, Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, believed to have been behind other attacks in Kenya, had been spotted in neighbouring Somalia. Full Story
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