State Dept. advises Malaysian travelers

WASHINGTON -- The State Department advised visitors to the Malaysian island of Sipadan to "remain vigilant" and "keep a low profile" in view of an April 23 attack on a dive resort by gunmen.

The department said the armed group seized several hostages of different nationalities, including two U.S. citizens who later escaped while being boarded onto boats to leave Sipadan.

The island is located offshore from the Sabah state on the island of Borneo. The department's precautionary announcement also covered the Tawau and Samporna areas of Sabah.

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