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Sri Lanka blasts: US issues new travel advisory, authorises voluntary departure of non-emergency govt employees

The advisory added that the US government had limited ability to provide emergency services to American citizens in Sri Lanka due to the security environment.

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New Delhi Published on: April 28, 2019 11:53 IST
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US issues new travel advisory in wake of Sri Lanka bombings

The US State Department has issued a new travel advisory in the wake of Sri Lanka bombings. The advisory, issued on Friday, urges the departure of all school-age family members of American government employees in Kindergarten through 12th grade. It also authorises the voluntary departure of non-emergency US government employees and family members.

"Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Sri Lanka. 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," it said.

The advisory added that the US government had limited ability to provide emergency services to American citizens in Sri Lanka due to the security environment.

The deadly Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka on April 21 had targeted churches and hotels, most of them in Colombo. Nearly 359 people had lost their lives, while 500 others remained injured in the bloodiest attacks in Sri Lanka since the civil war ended a decade ago.

Two days after the attacks, the US Embassy in Colombo had released a travel advisory warning that terror groups may be planning further attacks in the country.

It identified tourist spaces, transport centres, markets, shopping malls, government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, sporting and cultural events along with educational institutions and airports as potential target areas.

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