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US renews travel warnings to North, East

The United States has again updated its travel warning to Sri Lanka, following Monday’s surprise LTTE attack in Yala targeting an army detachment.
The most recent travel advisory has alerted American citizens traveling to or living in Sri Lanka, about the continuing danger of terrorist actions against military, government, and economic targets in certain areas of the country.
The United States Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs in its most latest advisory issued on Friday specifically warns Americans against travel to northern and eastern areas of Sri Lanka.
“While the government has effectively controlled the eastern part of the country since July 2007, security is not yet assured. Some LTTE members and larger numbers of armed paramilitary members are active in the area, leading to instability and incidents of violence. This situation is likely to continue for some time. Americans are particularly warned against travel to LTTE-controlled areas in the north, which may pose severe hazards,” the advisory noted.
While emphasizing that official travel by U.S. Government personnel to areas north of a line following the highway from Puttalam through Anuradhapura to Polonaruwa, Bibile, and Pottuvil in the northern and eastern parts of Sri Lanka is restricted, the advisory noted that unofficial travel is prohibited.
The Department also alerted American citizens to the dangers posed by recent acts of terrorism throughout Sri Lanka. “Although other parts of the country remain largely unaffected, the LTTE has conducted attacks outside of the northern and eastern areas,” the advisory noted citing the attacks on the Katunayake Air Force Base, the two oil facilities area and the most recent attack in the Yala National Sanctuary.

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