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Australian gov’t issues travel advisory to its citizens

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By Roy Mabasa

The Australian government on Monday issued a travel advisory warning its citizens of the growing phenomenon of terrorist attacks worldwide.

“Terrorists continue to carry out attacks worldwide. International terrorism remains a threat to Australians living and traveling overseas,” the Australian government said in a statement posted on its website, Smartraveller.gov.au.

It noted that numerous terrorist groups have demonstrated the intent and capability to undertake attacks, including against Australian interests.

In particular, the Australian government cited the Easter Sunday terror attacks in Sri Lanka that resulted to over 250 deaths and over 450 injured.

“On 21 April 2019, a number of bombings targeted prominent hotels and churches in the cities of Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa in Sri Lanka. These attacks have resulted in over 250 deaths and over 450 injured,” it said.

Also in March 2019, two consecutive terrorist attacks at Mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand resulted in 50 deaths and many more injured.

Further, Australia stated that what exacerbates the threat is the “growing phenomenon of terrorist attacks perpetrated by lone actors, regardless of their ideology with little or no forewarning.”

“Terrorists continue to adapt their methods of attacks – with attacks targeting locations where attacks may not have been anticipated,” the Australian government added in the statement.

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