DFAT warns of possible terror attacks in Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has warned terrorists could be planning attacks in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.

DFAT has urged travellers to be vigilant, saying places frequented by Westerners could be targets.

"Terrorists may be planning attacks in and around Kuala Lumpur," the Department's latest advice for Malaysia said.

"Attacks could be indiscriminate and may target Western interests or locations frequented by Westerners."

The advice warning said Malaysian authorities have arrested a number of people allegedly involved in planning attacks, including on entertainment venues in the capital.

DFAT has not raised the overall threat level for the country, but has maintained its recommendation that people reconsider travelling to the coastal region of eastern Sabah and nearby islands.

"Australians should avoid all travel to the coastal resorts of eastern Sabah, including the islands, dive sites and associated tourist facilities owing to the continuing high threat of kidnapping," the advice warning said.

Malaysia's Foreign Ministry said it noted the travel advisories and would keep foreign missions informed on security developments.

"We also acknowledge the fact that foreign missions are at liberty to provide their own assessment of the security situation in their host countries albeit the fact that it may not be accurate or gives a true reflection of the situation," a ministry spokesperson said.

Source: ABC/wires

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