There is a severe threat of terrorism in Nairobi, with frequent attacks being carried out. Westerners are also warned of all but essential travel to low-income areas of the city, which experience high crime levels. Recent attacks in the city in 2012 include a grenade attack on a church near Nairobi city center on April 29 (pictured left), with one death reported. A series of suspected grenade explosions in the central business district on March 10th killed at least six people and wounded dozens.
On April 23, the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi warned that it had received credible information regarding a possible attack on hotels and prominent Kenyan government buildings. The timing of the attack was not known, but the U.S. Embassy has reason to believe that the potential attack is in the last stages of planning. On Jan. 5, Kenyan authorities alerted the public to a heightened terrorist threat in Nairobi.