Hundreds of UK tourists to leave Kenya


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British tourists queue at the departure gate at Moi International Airport in the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa. Picture: Joseph Okanga

A British travel agency says it is evacuating hundreds of tourists from Kenya after Britain's Foreign Office warned people to leave because of terrorist threats.

Package holiday operator Thomson says it is flying all its customers on holiday in Kenya back to the UK on Thursday and Friday following updated travel advice from the government.

The Foreign Office on Tuesday said all but essential travel to Mombasa and the surrounding coastal area should be avoided, and that visitors already there should leave.

Thomson said it has about 400 customers in Kenya, including those in Mombasa and on safari.

The company is also cancelling all flights to Mombasa until the end of October. - Sapa-AP

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