PETALING JAYA: The United States Embassy in Kuala Lumpur has issued a travel advisory for Jalan Alor due to a possible terrorist threat.
In a statement on the embassy’s website on Thursday night, it said the advisory was issued based on credible information regarding a potential terrorist act. It advised US citizens to avoid Kuala Lumpur’s Jalan Alor and the immediate surrounding areas on Thursday.
“For all other locations, the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur reminds US citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security.
“In the past, terrorist organisations have on occasion planned their attacks to coincide with significant dates on the calendar,” said the embassy.
It reminded US citizens to remain vigilant while travelling as they may be targeted by extremist groups regardless of the country they are in.
“Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events and monitor local news stations for updates.
“Maintain a high level of vigilance, take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security, and follow instructions of local authorities,” advised the embassy.
The Straits Times reported Thursday that an alert has also been posted on the Australian government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website.
“Due to a possible terrorism threat, Australians are advised to avoid Kuala Lumpur’s Jalan Alor (Alor Street) and the immediate surrounding areas on Thursday 24 September. The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to reconsider the need to travel to the coastal region of eastern Sabah, and to exercise normal security precautions in Malaysia overall,” the alert said.
Police have said no terrorist threat exists.
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