Colombo will host the 2019 Bohra Global Conference starting on Sunday, September 1, through Tuesday, September 10, to which an estimated 25,000 participants are expected to attend the conference. Events related to the conference will take place in and around the Bohra Masjid mosque and headquarters.
A heightened security presence is to be expected in the vicinity of the conference site, particularly due to the sensitive security situation in Colombo.
A series of coordinated bombings beginning at approximately 08:45 struck Sri Lanka on April 21. In Colombo, devices detonated at St. Anthony's Church, the Shangri La Hotel, Cinnamon Grand Hotel, and the Kingsbury Hotel. St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo and the Zion Church in Batticaloa were also targeted in the attacks.
Individuals in Colombo are advised to monitor developments to the situation, anticipate heightened security measures, report suspicious behaviors and objects to the police, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.
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