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Avoid "non-essential travel" to Sri Lanka: MEA

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 27 Apr 2019, 10:35 pm

New Delhi, Apr 27 (IBNS): The Ministry of External Affairs on Saturday advised Indians not to undertake 'non-essential travel' to Sri Lanka where eight blasts killed over 200 people on Easter Sunday.

"In view of the prevailing security situation in Sri Lanka in the aftermath of terror attacks on 21 April 2019, Indian nationals intending to travel to Sri Lanka are advised not to undertake non-essential travel," the Ministry said in a statement.

"In case of those undertaking essential/emergency travels, they can contact the High Commission of India in Colombo or the Assistant High Commission in Kandy / Consulates in Hambantota and Jaffna in case of requirement of any assistance. The helpline numbers of the Indian High Commission are available on the Mission’s website," it said.

The Ministry said in the statement further: "The Government of Sri Lanka has beefed up the security in the country. A nation-wide emergency including night time curfew is in place at present which may also affect travel with in Sri Lanka."

Eight blasts rocked the Island Nation and disrupted peace in the country on Sunday.

The blasts claimed 253 lives.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Sri Lanka had witnessed violence in the past when the country was facing civil wars.


 

Avoid "non-essential travel" to Sri Lanka: MEA

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