Kenya warns citizens against travel to Heathrow

Kenya has warned its citizens about transiting through Heathrow Airport because of “a substantial threat of possible attack” by Al-Qaeda operatives, according to local media reports.

A plane flies over Heathrow Airport Credit: PA

Hours after the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) changed its travel advice for parts of the Kenyan coast following a spate of attacks that have left at least 87 people dead, the African nation's Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary issued the warning.

Karanja Kibicho told the Daily Nation newspaper: “According to information provided by US officials, Al Qaeda operatives in Yemen and Syria were developing sophisticated bombs that could bring down a plane."

He added: "The information states that Britain would be the most likely country to be affected. Based on this information, Kenyans are advised not to travel through London Heathrow where there is substantial threat of a possible attack.