FCO warns against safe travel in Borneo
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The FCO said those currently staying along parts of the east coast should consider leaving as soon as possible and to follow the advice of the local police.The Foreign Office also advises against all but essential travel to an area running east along the coast from Lahad Datu, Sabah's fourth largest city, and running south and east from a line joining Lahad Datu to Tawau through Kunak. Although the majority of tourists visiting Sabah stick to the west coast around the main airport, Kota Kinabulu, the tropical rainforest of the Danum Valley is a big draw and it is only 70kms inland from Lahad Datu.
"It seems that there have been gun battles between an exiled Filippino sultan who is trying to gain ownership of the island for his heir and the Malaysian troops, so this warning should not be taken lightly. Up to 20 people have already died."
Any diving tourists should also be aware that Sipadan Island is also affected by this warning.
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