Terrorist attacks cannot be ruled out

Terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka cannot be ruled out, the British Foreign and Commonwealth office said in an updated travel advise on Sri Lanka. The advise on Sri Lanka was updated following a review of the way in which the UK Government describes the threat from terrorism in travel advice for all countries and territories. The UK Government says there is no change in the UK Government’s assessment of the level of threat from terrorism in Sri Lanka.

The military conflict between the Government and the LTTE ended in May 2009. In 2011 the State of Emergency and the Emergency Regulations were lifted, but there remains a heightened level of security in some parts of the country. In April 2014, the Sri Lankan military shot dead three alleged LTTE operatives in Nedunkerni (Vavuniya).

“You should be vigilant. Avoid military areas and High Security Zones. Always carry formal photographic identification with you. Stop and show your ID when asked to do so. The Sri Lankan Prevention of Terrorism Act permits prolonged detention without charge or trial. If you’re detained, you should ask the authorities to contact the British High Commission,” the Foreign and Commonwealth office said.

There’s a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. (FCO)

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