Emiratis have been warned by The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to leave Sri Lanka and to postpone vacation plans after the Easter attacks that led to 321 deaths.
321 dead and 500 wounded
Since yesterday, a rash of bombings occurred through churches and hotels in Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa, leading to 290 deaths and 500 wounded. 39 of them were tourists. So far, Sri Lanka Police have caught 24 suspects, who are believed to have links with the attacks and authorities have declared a state of emergency.
Travel Advisory issued for Sri Lanka
UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation warns Emiratis to leave the country and postpone travel plans. They said, “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation calls on citizens of the state to postpone travel to Sri Lanka at present due to the current situation, and to ask citizens in Sri Lanka to leave and communicate with the contact centre of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International cooperation: 0097180044444.”
Pipe bomb defused at Colombo airport
Sri Lanka Airforce managed to successfully defuse a pipe bomb, which was believed to be locally manufactured. An air force spokesman described the explosive as “a crude six-foot pipe bomb.” He says the airforce successfully removed it and “safely defused it at an air force location.”
Outpour of condolences for victims
Ministers, Presidents and leaders from around the world expressed their condolences following the attacks. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, said, “Terrorists are those who betray worshippers in their places of worship, plant fear in their hearts and try to ignite religious conflicts in societies. Our condolences to the people of Sri Lanka, to the world and to everyone who works tirelessly towards tolerance and coexistence.”