Kuala Lumpur on high alert

Malaysia deployed extraordinary security measures in the capital Kuala Lumpur amid unconfirmed reports of a terror threat ahead of US President Barack Obama's arrival yesterday for an Asean summit. "There have been reports of imminent terrorist threa
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Malaysia deployed extraordinary security measures in the capital Kuala Lumpur amid unconfirmed reports of a terror threat ahead of US President Barack Obama's arrival yesterday for an Asean summit.

"There have been reports of imminent terrorist threats in Malaysia," said police chief Khalid Abu Bakar on Thursday. "At this point, I would like to underline that they have yet to be confirmed.

" Malaysia tightened security after terror attacks in France, Egypt and Lebanon, he added. At least 2,000 soldiers were stationed at key points in KL, and another 2,500 were on standby, said Armed Forces chief Zulkifeli Mohd Zin.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 21, 2015, with the headline 'Kuala Lumpur on high alert'. Print Edition | Subscribe