US embassy in Kenya faces security challenge

General Service unit (GSU) secures the entrance to the new US embassy in Nairobi, 24 June 2003. Citing warnings of an imminent attack and the need for a security assessment, US authorities closed 20 June their Nairobi compound, which was the site of a devastating 1998 bomb attack that killed 213 including 12 US citizens. AFP PHOTO SIMON MAINA (Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)

MOGADISHU, Somalia – The U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was sent a letter which U.S. embassy in Kenya’s capital Nairobi expressed its grave concern about the current security risk at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi.

Mike Pompeo was informed that U.S. embassy in Kenya has been facing security challenges after 280 guards were fired over refusing to work, due to a long-standing pay dispute with their contracting company.

“We write to express our grave concern about the current security risk at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi. As you are undoubtedly aware the Embassy is no longer operating with a fully trained and properly vetted local guard force”, the letter said.