ISIS claims responsibility for US Embassy attack in Nairobi

The knife-wielding man was shot dead after he attacked a GSU officer manning security at the US embassy.

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A follower of ISIS was responsible for an attack last week on a Kenyan police officer outside a US embassy in Nairobi, the group’s Amaq news agency has said.

“The person who carried out the stabbing of a guard outside the American embassy in Nairobi last Thursday was a soldier of ISIS responding to calls to target coalition countries,” Amaq said.

Kenya’s police spokesman said at the time the motive was unclear and an investigation was launched. The spokesman could not immediately be reached on Saturday.

The US embassy remained closed to the public on October 28 following the incident.

“While routine consular services have been cancelled, emergency consular services for U.S. citizens continue to be available. Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates.  Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security,” the embassy later said in a statement

The group previously claimed an attack in Kenya in September by three women who were shot dead after they tried to torch a police station in Mombasa.

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