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US warns of 'imminent' terror threat in Kenya as Al Shabab promises 'open war'

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In response to the notice, issued Saturday, Agence France-Presse reports that officials increased security in Nairobi’s central business district. Security personnel pushed people back from the entrance of a Hilton hotel, and and “conducted identity checks on people who looked as if they could be Somali,” according to AFP.

Last week, Kenya sent several thousand troops into Somalia to fight Al Shabab, which Kenya has blamed for a spate of kidnappings of foreigners inside Kenya. In September, armed men killed a British man and kidnapped his wife. This month, a disabled French woman was kidnapped and later died, and two Spanish aid workers were also kidnapped.

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Al Shabab, which controls large swaths of southern Somalia, has denied responsibility for the kidnappings. The group has also threatened retaliation for the invasion.

'Open war' against 'the global Christian invasion'

On Saturday, Al Shabab leader Mohamed Abdi Godane said, according to AFP, “The Islamic regions in Somalia are all on high alert to prepare for the open war that is our response to the incursions by some neighboring countries who are taking part in the global Christian invasion against Somalia." Reuters reports that Al Shabab has warned Kenyan troops to withdraw from Somalia or risk bringing the “flames of war” into Kenya.

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