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India asks citizens not to undertake non-essential travel to Sri Lanka

The MEA said Sri Lanka has beefed up security in the country but a nation-wide emergency including night time curfew has been in place which may affect travel within Sri Lanka

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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Sri Lankan air force officers and clergy stand outside St. Anthony's Shrine | Photo: PTI

on Saturday issued an asking citizens not to undertake non-essential travel to in view of the recent wave of bombings in which over 250 people were killed.

In the advisory, the (MEA) said those requiring to undertake emergency travels can contact the High Commission of in Colombo, the Assistant High Commission in as well as Consulates in and Jaffna for any assistance."In view of the prevailing security situation in in the aftermath of terror attacks on April 21, Indian nationals intending to travel to are advised not to undertake non-essential travel," it said.

"In case of those undertaking essential/emergency travels, they can contact the High Commission of in or the Assistant High Commission in / Consulates in and Jaffna in case of requirement of any assistance," the added.

The said Sri Lanka has beefed up security in the country but a nation-wide emergency including night time has been in place which may affect travel within Sri Lanka.

Nine carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through three churches and three luxury hotels on the Easter Sunday, killing 253 people.

The Islamic State claimed the attacks, but the government has blamed local Islamist extremist group National Thowheeth Jamath (NTJ).

Sri Lankan security forces are continuing their hunt for members of the NTJ.

On Friday night, six children and three women were among 15 people killed when militants linked to the bombings opened fire and blew themselves up during a fierce gun battle with security forces in Sri Lanka's Eastern province.

First Published: Sat, April 27 2019. 19:33 IST
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