Jeremy Hunt, the Foreign Secretary, has warned against all non-essential travel to Sri Lanka following a series of terrorist attacks in the country earlier in the week. The number of dead has been reduced down from previous estimates to around 253 people, but fears remain about further attacks.
“Following the horrific attacks on Easter Sunday, and the ongoing Sri Lankan security operation, I have received updated advice from the Foreign Office and decided to update the travel advice to British nationals to Sri Lanka to advise against all but essential travel.
We will keep this decision under close and constant review. My first priority will always be the security of British citizens living and travelling abroad.
We all hope the situation will return to normal very soon, and that the Sri Lankan tourism industry is able to get back on its feet following the terrorist attacks. We will do all we can to help the Sri Lankan authorities.”
Jeremy Hunt, the Foreign Secretary, has issued a statement following a series of terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka. There are currently 207 people confirmed as dead with over 450 more injured, although the total is expected to rise over the coming days.
“I’m deeply shocked and saddened by the horrifying attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka today, and the tragic news of more than 200 people killed, including several British nationals.
To target those gathered for the simple act of worship on Easter Sunday is unspeakably wicked. Everyone has a right to practice their faith in peace, safety and security but tragedies like this, and the one in Christchurch, remind us that there are some who hate these rights and freedoms.
These despicable acts were carried out at a time when millions of Christians celebrate Easter while living under the shadow of persecution. Many gather in churches at risk of attack; countless more will have suffered threats or discrimination.
The UK stands in solidarity with persecuted Christians around the world and with the government and people of Sri Lanka. My prayers are with all the victims and their families.”
Emily Thornberry, the Shadow Foreign Secretary, posted on Twitter:
“Terrible to wake up to the news of the explosions in Sri Lanka this morning. My thoughts and deepest sympathies to those who are injured, those have lost loved ones and those involved in rescue efforts.”