British travellers warned after new Sri Lanka violence

Chandi Dharmaratne

LONDON, Sept 22, 2006 (AFP) – Britain’s foreign ministry tightened up its advice Friday to travellers in north and east Sri Lanka after at least six people were killed in the troubled area.

In a review of its travel advice, the Foreign Office warned Britons not to travel to any part of the north or east, saying anyone who is there should leave “at the first available opportunity”.

The areas specifically named as dangerous include the Jaffna peninsula, Ampara and Arugam Bay.

The violence has seen five men shot dead in the Jaffna peninsula in recent days as well as another killing in the Batticaloa district.

Sri Lankan air force jets have been bombing suspected Tamil Tiger targets in the Jaffna peninsula this week.

Tamil rebels are fighting for a separate ethnic homeland in majority Sinhalese Sri Lanka. More than 60,000 people have died in the violence since 1972.