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Monday, 8 October, 2001, 08:59 GMT 09:59 UK
Travellers warned to be vigilant
Police on Pakistan's North West Frontier
Britons have been warned to leave Pakistan's North West Frontier
Britons are being advised to check with the Foreign Office before travelling to certain countries in the wake of the first strikes on Afghanistan.

Britons in Indonesia have been advised to stay inside their homes amid fears of street protests in the strongly Muslim country.

The Foreign Office said a reaction was "likely" and advised against non-essential travel to the country, except to Bali.

Demonstrations and public events should be avoided

Foreign Office
There have been reports of hardline Islamic groups in Jakarta and elsewhere issuing threats to kill foreigners.

Megawati Sukarnoputri's government has vowed to take action in the event of any violence but there are already reports of demonstrations outside the US embassy in Jakarta.

The Foreign Office has not yet changed its advice on travel to Saudi Arabia despite the closure of the US Embassy there for a safety review.

A spokesman said: "We are keeping the situation under close review there and in a number of countries.

"If anything changed we would react immediately."

Advice on travel to Afghanistan remains the same, all Britons having already been told to leave the country.

Fast-moving events

The Foreign Office has been advising against travel to Pakistan and has told Britons in the North-West Frontier Province, Baluchistan and the Northern Areas to leave immediately.

The spokesman said: "We are not aware of any specific threat to British nationals overseas.

"But British nationals are advised to keep a low profile, maintain a high level of vigilance, avoid situations where there might be tension and stay in touch with fast-moving events until the situation clarifies.

"Demonstrations and public events should be avoided."

Foreign Office travel advice is available on 020 700 80232 or 020 700 80233 or on the FO website.

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