The British government notes there is a high threat from terrorism in Sri Lanka in the wake of the twin bombings in Nugegoda and Colombo last week in which some 20 civilians were killed and several others sustained injuries.
In a reviewed and reissued travel advice on Sri Lanka following the incidents last week, the British Foreign Office notes that attacks in Sri Lanka could be indiscriminate, and have occurred in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers. `On November 28, there was a bomb attack in Central Colombo targeting a government Minister, and another attack on the outskirts of Colombo that killed at least 18 and injured a number of civilians,` the travel advice says.
The travel advice further states that there was heightened security in Sri Lanka and the government security legislation provided wide-ranging discretionary powers, which had recently been strengthened and there had been detentions, particularly of people of Tamil ethnicity.
Earlier this year the British Foreign Office advised against all travel to the Yala National Park.
`Yala National Park is currently closed due to security concerns.
We advise against all travel to Yala National Park.
`Additionally, you should exercise caution and seek the advice of your tour operator or the local authorities before travelling to areas adjacent to Yala National Park, east of the A2 Road from Hambantota to Wellawaya and south of A4 Road from Wellawaya to Pottuvil,` the advice said following a terrorist attack inside the park.