Australia warned further terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka and recommended that its citizens not visit the island after the recent terrorist attacks.
“Terrorists are likely to launch more attacks in Sri Lanka,” the Australian Foreign Ministry said, according to ABC News channel Friday. The attacks could be indiscriminate, hitting places frequented by foreigners.
Canberra advised citizens to “reconsider their need to travel to Sri Lanka,” following similar warnings issued by Britain, the Netherlands and the United States since the Easter attacks on April 21.
The United States has warned – earlier – that terrorist groups continue to plan possible attacks in Sri Lanka.
Colombo acknowledged the “default” in the security area because the authorities were unable to prevent the bloodbath even though it had important information before it received it..
Sri Lanka’s Defense Minister Himmery Fernando announced on Tuesday that he would resign following the suicide bombings.
Fernando said he resigned, taking responsibility for last Sunday’s suicide bombings, adding that he had failed nothing but was responsible for the failures of some of the institutions he headed as defense minister.
He pointed out that the security services were responding effectively to intelligence information about the possibility of attacks before they occur.
This comes as the country is witnessing a state of security alert, and security measures have been tightened around churches across the country after the authorities asked them Thursday to close their doors and pray until the security situation settles after the attacks that caused hundreds of dead and wounded in Easter.
A series of suicide bombings targeted a number of churches and hotels at a time when churches were crowded with worshipers during the Easter Mass.