NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - In the wake of the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka that killed hundreds of people at churches and luxury hotels, the U.S. Department of State updated its travel advisory level and risk indicator for the South Asian island nation.
"Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Sri Lanka," said the State Department, which is now advising travelers to "exercise increased caution" because of that ongoing threat.
"Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, local government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, and other public areas," the travel advisory states.
Catholic leaders in Sri Lanka canceled Sunday Masses indefinitely because of the danger. And government officials even urged Muslims to stay home for Friday prayers.
The State Department urges Americans who do travel to Sri Lanka to review the Crime and Safety Report for that country, be aware of their surroundings in tourist areas and other crowded places, and have a contingency plan for emergencies.
See more State Department travel advisories.