ICANN Meeting Conference Center Target of Bomb Threat
Friday, February 12th, 2010
Bomb threat for Kenyan conference venue.
Security is a major concern for ICANN’s upcoming meeting in Nairobi, Kenya. The situation took a negative turn yesterday, when ICANN received a U.S. State Department notice about a potential terrorist attack on the conference center where the meeting will be held:
As of early February 2010, individuals affiliated with al-Shabaab al-Islamiya were planning suicide bombing attacks on the US Embassy and Kenyan International Conference Center in Nairobi, Kenya. The individuals were targeting the KICC because it was deemed the largest and oldest building associated with the Kenyan government. The US Embassy was targeted for its support of the Kenyan government. As of early February, the individuals planning to carry out the attacks were living in Somali communities in Kenya. We have no additional information regarding the possible individuals involved in the plot, timing, or method of the attack.
This is all the information we have at this time, and we will continue to keep you updated if there are any potential updates.
Sammy Buruchara, Chairman of the ICANN 2010 Local Steering Committee in Nairobi, has issued a statement reassuring guests that the Kenyan Government is “committed to ensure your safety during the ICANN event and will take necessary security measures to guarantee the safety of all participants during the Conference.”