The Government of India and the US Government have issued travel advisories for their citizens planning to travel to terror-hit Sri Lanka, where 253 people died and hundreds of others were injured in Easter Sunday bombing.
In the latest development, six terrorists and nine others, including six children and three women, were killed during an overnight raid on Friday by security forces on a hideout of Islamic State terrorist group in Sri Lanka’s Eastern Province.
Two terrorists were killed in the gunfire when security forces raided a safe house of terrorists based on intelligence tipoff, said Defence spokesman Brigadier Sumith Attapattu.
The Government of India has advised the people not to undertake non-essential travel to Sri Lanka in view of the prevailing security situation in the island nation following the terror attacks.
Those undertaking essential or emergency travel can contact the High Commission of India in Colombo or the Assistant High Commission in Kandy, or its Consulates in Hambantota and Jaffna in case of requirement of any assistance, the External Affairs Ministry in a statement said.
The helpline numbers of the Indian High Commission are available on the Mission’s website.
The Sri Lankan government has beefed up security in the country and a nation-wide emergency, including night time curfew, is in place.
Meanwhile, the US government has also urged citizens to ‘reconsider travel’ to the island nation.
The US has raised the level of its travel warning for Sri Lanka, urging citizens to reconsider visiting Sri Lanka.
The State Department also ordered the departure of all school-age family members of US government employees from Sri Lanka.
The US has also authorised non-emergency US personnel to leave the island nation.
The advisory said, terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets, shopping malls, government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, hospitals, and other public areas.