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Sri Lanka church attack: death toll revised down by ‘about 100’

Sri Lanka has revised down the death toll from last Sunday's wave of bombings by more than 100, to "about 253", BBC News reports, citing the health ministry.

Sri Lanka church attack: death toll revised down by ‘about 100’

Sri Lanka church attack: death toll revised down  by ‘about 100’

STEPANAKERT, APRIL 26,  ARTSAKHPRESS: It blamed a calculation error and the difficulty of identifying victims.

Scores were killed and hundreds injured when suicide bombers struck hotels and churches in Colombo, Negombo and the eastern city of Batticaloa.

Most of those killed were Sri Lankan but dozens of foreigners were also among the casualties.

Nine people are suspected of carrying out the attacks. Police have continued carrying out raids and have issued photographs of seven people wanted in connection with the attacks.

The authorities blamed a local Islamist extremist group, National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ), soon after the blasts but say the bombers must have had outside help.

The Islamic State group said it was behind the attacks and published a video showing eight men but provided no evidence of direct involvement.


     

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