Sri Lankan authorities have lowered the death toll in the Easter bombings by more than 100, reported Al Jazeera.
The new toll stands at 253, down from an earlier total of 359, the health ministry said on Thursday. They blamed a calculation error and difficulty in identifying victims.
“Some of the bodies get severely damaged in these kinds of explosions and it’s possible for some bodies to get completely destroyed or break into parts, making the identification of full bodies difficult,” said the ministry statement. “Hence, counting an exact death toll is challenging.”
A series of eight devastating bomb blasts ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka on April 21.
The powerful blasts -– six in quick succession and then two more hours later — left hundreds injured and wrought devastation, including at the capital’s well-known St Anthony’s Shrine, a historic Catholic Church.