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Sri Lanka revises Easter blasts toll to 253, cites 'calculation error'

Updated : April 25, 2019 11:55 PM IST

Authorities earlier said nine bombers, believed to be members of a local Islamist extremist group called National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ), carried out the blasts that killed 359 people and wounded more than 500 others.
However, in an embarrassing revision, Dr Anil Jasinghe, Director General of the Health Services, said the larger death toll was released as a result of a calculation error.
"The approximate total of the dead would be 253 and not 359 as reported in media," he said in a statement.
Sri Lanka revises Easter blasts toll to 253, cites 'calculation error'

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