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Kenya: The risk of political violence
Kenya presents a number of security risks, including high levels of crime in urban areas and a persistent risk of political violence. Risks to personnel safety from terrorism were illustrated by the September 2013 attack by Somali-based militant group al-Shabaab on Nairobi’s Westgate shopping centre. Meanwhile, some geographical areas are characterised by general insecurity, as illustrated in the subnational map. For instance, in the Somali border region – where oil exploration is currently taking place – militants based in Somalia frequently launch small-scale attacks. Meanwhile, religious and political tensions remain pronounced in Mombasa and the coastal region, where there is an active separatist movement. Attacks in the city are often followed out by reprisals between the city’s Muslim and Christian communities.