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Warning of attacks on KL

The Australian government warned yesterday that terrorists may be planning attacks in and around Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysia has been on high alert since a bomb and gun attack in Jakarta last month, which was claimed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group.

Indonesia has made dozens of arrests of suspected militants. Malaysia had also arrested a suspect who confessed to be planning an attack in the country.

An Australian government travel advisory read: "Terrorists may be planning attacks in and around Kuala Lumpur.

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

It also recommended that Australians avoid travel to the coastal region of eastern Sabah.

Britain has also warned its citizens against travel to coastal islands in Sabah, near the Philippines, citing high threats of kidnapping and criminality.

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

Meanwhile, it was reported that Indonesian police have arrested a number of suspected extremists on Java, most of them allegedly carrying out military-style training on a remote mountain.

Around 30 were reportedly detained late on Friday on Mount Sumbing as they took part in the training, while another five were arrested the same day in raids in the city of Malang.

It was not clear whether they were linked to the attacks in Jakarta that left four civilians and four assailants dead.

A member of Indonesia's elite anti-terror police, speaking anonymously, confirmed there had been a "raid on an arms training session" taking place on a mountain.

Local media said that the group of around 30 were from the extremist group Jamaah Ansharus Syariah and the training was on the slopes of Sumbing, in Central Java province. - Wires.

BY THE numbers

80,000

There were more than this many visitors to the Singapore Airshow on the public days at the weekend. The event, which opened on Tuesday, saw more than 130,000 visitors, including trade visitors on the earlier days. Disclosed deals worth more than US$12.3 billion (S$17.3b) were clinched, down from US$32 billion at the last edition in 2014, The Business Times reported. But there were more undisclosed deals this time.

 

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