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Wednesday, 12 September, 2001, 08:13 GMT 09:13 UK
Asian alerts follow US attacks
Petronas Twin Towers:
Petronas Twin Towers: Evacuated after bomb scare
US military bases in South Korea and Japan are on top alert following the attacks on the United States on Tuesday.

About 85,000 US forces are based in the two countries.

Top alert
All leave cancelled for US forces and their families
Off-base activities, including classes and night-clubs banned
Schools for children of army personnel closed
Non-essential military staff ordered to stay at home
South Korea's President Kim Dae-Jung and Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi have both offered their full support to protect American facilities.

Last week, the US authorities issued a public warning of possible attacks against US targets in South Korea and Japan.

Malaysian fears

In Malaysia, the world's tallest building, the Petronas Twin Towers, was evacuated on Wednesday following a bomb threat.

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The explosions caused the World Trade Center's twin towers to collapse
A police search found no explosives and workers were allowed back into the 88-storey building shortly before midday (0400GMT).

Police in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur said they received a call at 0830 (0030GMT) warning of an explosion in the 452-metre (1,483-feet) tall building within half an hour. A spokesman later said it was believed to have been a prank call.

Military on highest alert

South Korea's authorities say extra police have been deployed at nearly 70 US military installations across the country.

US troops
South Korea hosts about 37,000 US forces
About 37,000 US forces are based in South Korea to help combat any threat from North Korea.

Security has also been boosted outside the US embassy in Seoul, as well as at other foreign embassies, airports and harbours.

In a special broadcast to US forces and their families, deputy chief of staff for operations in Korea, Major-General Jeff Miller, said every precaution was being taken to ensure safety.

He said no specific threats have been made against US forces in Korea, but warned "you must take every precaution."

In Japan also, where about 50,000 US forces are based, units were put onto the highest of five states of alert, known as Condition Delta.

The Taiwanese and Philippines Governments say they have boosted security at strategic points.

Previous warning

Last week, the US authorities had issued a public warning of possible attacks against US targets in South Korea and Japan.

Spokespeople gave few details at the time but US officials, speaking privately, said they suspected the alert was in connection with events in the Middle East.

A similar warning was also issued in June after members of Islamic extremist group Hezbollah were indicted for the bombing of US institutions in Saudi Arabia.

See also:

07 Sep 01 | Asia-Pacific
US issues Japan terror warning
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