Lamu Island, not affected by Mpeketoni gun attack – Kenya Tourism

The Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) notes that late Sunday the 15th June, 2014, gunmen attacked Mpeketoni Township, a farming centre located on Lamu mainland.  We take this early opportunity to extend our heartfelt sympathy to the families of those who lost their lives in this senseless attack and wish those injured a speedy recovery.

The raiders are believed to have attacked a police station after which they proceeded to attack various business premises in the area with residents fleeing to escape from the attackers. So far, there is no actual confirmation of the number of causalities but reports indicate that several people died. This comes at the backdrop of heightened measures to enhance security in the country with the President currently leading a campaign that is asking all Kenyans to be vigilant as well as warning those perpetrating crime of the consequences.

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Lamu Island, one of Kenya’s primary tourist resorts, is in no way affected by this attack and neither is any other part of the Kenya coast. The majority of visitors travelling to Lamu arrive by air into the local airport.  Kenya covers an area of approximately 582,650 square kilometres and is frequently compared to an area the size of France. All tourist activity continues as normal throughout the country with holiday-makers visiting the country for safari circuits and the popular coastal resorts of Diani, Malindi, Watamu, Kilifi and Lamu among others.

We encourage all of you to continue with the campaign on #WhyILoveKenya in order to continue to highlight those experiences that put Kenya on the global map in tourism. We will keep you updated on all developments in regard to the Mpeketoni incident.  Feel free to request for further market specific information that you may require.

We thank you for your continued support to magical Kenya.

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