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US, Australia Embassies Warn of Terror Attack in Malaysia

  • Associated Press

A tourist walks past Malaysia's famous eatery street, Jalan Alor, a popular tourist spot in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015.

A tourist walks past Malaysia's famous eatery street, Jalan Alor, a popular tourist spot in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015.

The U.S. and Australian embassies in Malaysia have warned of a potential terrorist attack at a popular hawker street in Kuala Lumpur.

The U.S. Embassy issued an advisory Thursday saying it has credible threat information and urged its citizens to avoid Alor Street, located in a shopping belt in the city center, and its immediate surrounding areas.

It said that terrorist organizations had in the past planned attacks to coincide with significant dates, but gave no details.

The Australian Embassy issued a similar alert to its citizens based on the U.S. threat warning.

A police spokesman said a statement will be issued later Friday.

Malaysia has arrested more than 100 supporters of the Islamic State group in the past two years, some of whom were allegedly plotting attacks in the country. They included civil servants and members of security forces.

Police said they were held for offenses such as raising funds for the militants, recruiting Malaysians and getting weapons for attacks targeting Kuala Lumpur and other strategic locations. No attacks have occurred in Malaysia.

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