EXCLUSIVE: The United States has warned that the terrorist threat in Sri Lanka still remains.
Nancy VanHorn, the spokesperson at the US Embassy in Colombo told the Colombo Gazette that the US believes active members of the attack group that carried out the terror attacks on Easter Sunday may still be at large.
“As the (US) Ambassador has previously stated and as reflected in our travel advisory, the terrorist threat is ongoing,” the spokesperson said.
The United States Government continues to assist Sri Lankan authorities in the aftermath of the horrific attacks that occurred in the country on Easter Sunday.
At the request of the Sri Lankan Government, US experts are already working closely with their Sri Lankan partners on fulfilling short term, specific objectives related to the recent attacks and to bringing the perpetrators to justice. This cooperation does not indicate a larger, long term presence of US security teams in the country.
The US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alaina Teplitz had said that the attacks are the work of a few individuals and not of an entire community.
The US Government said earlier that in realizing and applying improved safety mechanisms to protect Sri Lanka’s citizens from new threats, it is imperative that the Sri Lanka Government do so in ways that also protect rule of law and that do not infringe upon the human rights of individuals or groups, or limit their ability to worship, communicate and to live together in peace. (Colombo Gazette)