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Sri Lanka attacks: death toll at & # 39; 100 & # 39; corrected downwards



  Security personnel check the suitcases in Colombo after the bombing on Easter Sunday, April 25, 2019

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Security is tight after the attacks

Sri Lanka has reduced the death toll from the Sunday blasts by more than 1

00 to "about 253", says the Ministry of Health.

It has accused a miscalculation.

Suicide bombers shelled hotels and churches in the Colombo area and in the eastern city of Batticaloa. Hundreds were injured, officials said.

Most of those killed were Sri Lankans, but dozens of foreigners were also victims, officials said. Nine attackers were suspected.

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The police continued raiding and publishing photos of seven people wanted in connection with the attacks.

The authorities have accused a local Islamist extremist group, but say the bombers had outside help.

The Islamic State said they had carried out the attacks but had not submitted any direct evidence.

In Other Developments:

  • Hundreds of Muslims who fear revenge attacks have fled from Negombo, a place of assault. Sri Lanka's Defense Minister announced his resignation on Thursday in response to the disclosure of intelligence information 19659017] The country's Catholic Church has announced the suspension of all worship services.
  • Police say more than 70 people have been arrested
  • The British Foreign Office now warns against all important trips to Sri Lanka

Muslims in Sri Lanka report feeling anxious and say they are persecuted ,

Many of those in Negombo belong to a minority sect, the Ahmadi. Some have been in a mosque under police protection.

Ahmadi Muslims identify themselves as Muslims and follow the Koran, but are considered heretical by many Orthodox Muslims.

Many people living in Sri Lanka have fled persecution elsewhere, including Pakistan.

However, since the Sunday attacks, some have reported physical assaults that have been driven out by landlords or broken into their homes.


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