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Kenya on Terrorism Alert After Reported Sighting of Bomb Suspect

Overshadowed by bombings in Morocco and Saudi Arabia, a separate terrorism alert has been building in this East African country after the reported sighting of an elusive suspect accused in the United States of involvement in earlier attacks on American and Israeli targets in the region that cost hundreds of lives. In recent days the British and Israeli airlines have suspended flights to Kenya while the United States Embassy — the target of a coordinated strike in 1998 on American missions here and in neighboring Tanzania that killed more than 200 people — has taken the unusual step of telling its 200 staff members that they may leave the country if they choose. An embassy spokesman said none had left so far but some might by the end of the week. In addition, the State Department in Washington has told resident Americans — some 5,000 of whom are registered with the embassy here — that there is a “credible threat” of a terror attack. Last Wednesday a State Department travel advisory warned of a continuing threat of terrorists using shoulder-fired antiaircraft missiles, as they did on Nov. 28 in an abortive attack on an Israeli passenger plane leaving Mombasa, the port city on the Indian Ocean. Coordinated with that attack, 16 people died in a suicide bombing at an Israeli-owned hotel near Mombasa. Full Story

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