Australia is deeply shocked and saddened by the horrific terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka.
Sadly our High Commission in Colombo has today confirmed that two Australians were killed in these attacks, and two Australians have been injured.
Our hearts go out to their family and friends at this very difficult time. Out of respect for the privacy of the family, we will not provide any further comment at this time.
We have both been in contact with our counterparts, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana, today to convey Australia’s deepest condolences and to offer any support that they may require.
Australia stands with the people of Sri Lanka as they continue to come to terms with this senseless and barbaric attack. The Australian Government utterly condemns all acts of terrorism and violence.
The Department of Foreign Affairs has updated its travel advice to Sri Lanka to “Reconsider your need to travel”. Travellers are encouraged to go smartraveller.gov.au for the latest information and advice.