Malaysia police on high alert after Jakarta attack
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Malaysia police on high alert after Jakarta attack

MALAYSIA’S national police chief Khalid Abu Bakar says police have raised security alert to the highest level following the deadly attack in Jakarta.

He says security has been increased at public places such as shopping malls and tourists spots, “while extra precautionary actions will be implemented in border areas to prevent possible infiltration by terrorist elements.”

Malaysian authorities have detained more than 150 suspects linked to the Islamic State group over the past two years, including some who were allegedly plotting attacks in strategic areas of Kuala Lumpur.

Last September, the U.S. Embassy warned of a potential terrorist threat at a popular hawker street and surrounding areas in the city.