PETALING JAYA: The United States Embassy in Malaysia has issued a security message for its citizens in the country following the announcement by Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar that the June 28 Movida blast was the first ever successful Islamic State (IS) attack on Malaysian soil.
“Malaysian authorities have confirmed links between the Islamic State and the June 28 explosion at a nightclub in the Puchong area of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In view of this and the recent incidents in Bangladesh, Turkey, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia, the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur reminds US citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security,” said the Embassy in a Facebook post on Thursday.
The Embassy said that US citizens should maintain a high level of vigilance, take appropriate steps to enhance personal security, and follow instructions of local authorities.
It added that in the past, terrorist organisations have on occasion planned their attacks to coincide with significant dates on the calendar.
“At present, the US Embassy is not aware of any specific terrorist threat to US citizens in Malaysia. US citizens should remain vigilant at all times while traveling; US citizens overseas 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,” said the Embassy.