Aussies warned about travelling to North
THE Australian government has issued a new safety warning to its citizens travelling to Northern Ireland following a spate of bomb attacks this month.
Tourists were warned to exercise caution while travelling north of the Border and were also urged to avoid sectarian parades as they can "turn violent with little warning".
In a blow to tourism in the North, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it was reissuing its travel advice in light of recent paramilitary attacks.
It said: "There have been three bomb attacks in August 2010 aimed at police and military targets. Two bombs were defused in Co Down on August 4 and 8 and a car bomb exploded outside a police station in Derry on August 3."
It warned: "Australians could inadvertently be caught up in violence that is directed at others."
Travellers were also urged to avoid all protests and demonstrations as they could turn violent and not to attend controversial parades.
A number of other countries, including the United States, Canada and New Zealand, have also warned their citizens about potential violence associated with the annual marching season in the North.
In its travel advice, the US State Department said that while the political situation in the North had improved noticeably since the 'Troubles', the Independent Monitoring Commission reported last November that the threat from dissident republicans was at its highest level for six years.