US warns tourists of the risk of attack in Malaysia

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – The Malaysian government promised increased security in Sabah, a section of Borneo, after the United States warned tourists Friday of the risk of attack.

The U.S. State Department warned militant groups might attack foreign tourists, the news agency Bernama reported. Tan Sri Ismail Omar, deputy inspector-general of police, said patrols would be increased, especially in coastal areas and offshore islands.

Sabah, which occupies the northern part of the island of Borneo, has been getting about 2 million tourists a year, attracted to its national parks and beaches, and the number is expected to grow. In a notice on the U.S. Embassy Web site, officials urged tourists to be especially careful in remote parts of eastern Sabah.