U.S. Issues Travel Alert for Mombasa; Kenya Protests

AllAfrica.com is reporting that at least one person was killed and several others wounded in a hand grenade attack on a bar in Mombasa on Sunday, a day after the U.S. embassy in Kenya warned of an imminent attack on the city. Reuters is reporting that three people were killed, and that a suspect has been arrested.

The attack came barely hours after the government wrote a protest note to the US embassy in Nairobi (pictured) over the advisory it issued to its citizens Saturday against traveling to Mombasa.

"It is a reckless advisory and it was totally uncalled for," Acting Head of the Public Service and Secretary to the Cabinet Francis Kimemia told a media conference in Mombasa on Sunday, calling the advisory an act of "economic sabotage."

The decision was taken after some hotels in Mombasa reported that they had experienced cancelations from tourists, raising fears the trend was likely to continue thus hampering the country's economy.

The U.S. issued a travel advisory to its citizens on Saturday following intelligence reports of an impending terror threat in Mombasa which it said was likely to be experienced until July 1.

"This is to alert all US citizens in Kenya, or planning to travel to Kenya in the near future, that the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi has received information of an imminent threat of a terrorist attack in Mombasa, Kenya," the U.S. advisory said.

"All U.S. government travel to Mombasa is suspended until July 1, 2012."

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