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Sri Lanka: Authorities increase security at popular tourist areas

Authorities announce on April 20 that security at popular tourist locations will be reinforced after series of attacks against foreigners

21 Apr 04:45 AM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 4/20/2018, 12:00 AM until 6/30/2018, 11:59 PM (Asia/Colombo). COUNTRY/REGION Sri Lanka

Event

On Friday, April 20, authorities announced that security measures will be increased at popular tourist locations across the country. The heightened measures are being put in place after a series of criminal incidents targeting foreigners have been reported, particularly in southern areas such as Mirissa (Matara district). New measures include 20 additional police stations and an increased number of patrols.

Context

In recent weeks, tourists from the Netherlands and Israel have been harassed in separate incidents, including sexual crimes. Several cases of serious crimes have been reported in the past year.

Advice

Individuals present in Sri Lanka are advised to remain vigilant and report any suspicious behavior or activity to local authorities.

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