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The authorities in Sri Lanka have lowered the death aid in a flood of Easter bombings by over 100, saying the difficulty of identifying body parts at blast scenes led to the previously erroneous speech. The new number of people killed was 253, from a previous total of 359, the Health Ministry said in a statement on Thursday. "Many of the victims were poorly humiliated … It was double counting," said adding the lower road once reached all autopsies supplemented and cross-referenced with DNA samples. Suicide bombing attacks on three churches and four hotels have been exposed to an intelligence error, alleging that warnings had not been acted upon and feuds at the highest levels of government had undermined security cooperation. Hemasiri Fernando, the defense secretary, resigned from the failure to prevent the attacks and said he went down to take responsibility for institutions he ran. But he said there was no failure on his part. The authorities have blamed on two local Muslim groups, National Thoughheed Jamaat and Jammiyathul Millathu Ibrahim. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) also claimed responsibility, but officials are still investigating the extent of engagement. The government said there were nine suicide bombs, eight of which were identified. One was a woman. Officials said some of those involved in the coordinated blasts were well-educated and well-off economically. More than 70 people, including several foreigners, have been arrested since Sunday, including the father of two of the alleged suicide bombers &#821…

The authorities in Sri Lanka have lowered the death aid in a flood of Easter bombings by over 100, saying the difficulty of identifying body parts at blast scenes led to the previously erroneous speech.

The new number of people killed was 253, from a previous total of 359, the Health Ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

“Many of the victims were poorly humiliated … It was double counting,” said adding the lower road once reached all autopsies supplemented and cross-referenced with DNA samples.

Suicide bombing attacks on three churches and four hotels have been exposed to an intelligence error, alleging that warnings had not been acted upon and feuds at the highest levels of government had undermined security cooperation.

Hemasiri Fernando, the defense secretary, resigned from the failure to prevent the attacks and said he went down to take responsibility for institutions he ran. But he said there was no failure on his part.

The authorities have blamed on two local Muslim groups, National Thoughheed Jamaat and Jammiyathul Millathu Ibrahim. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) also claimed responsibility, but officials are still investigating the extent of engagement.

The government said there were nine suicide bombs, eight of which were identified. One was a woman. Officials said some of those involved in the coordinated blasts were well-educated and well-off economically.

More than 70 people, including several foreigners, have been arrested since Sunday, including the father of two of the alleged suicide bombers &#821

1; one of Sri Lanka’s richest spice traders.

Earlier on Thursday, police identified for the first time seven people they were looking for and appealed to the public for help finding them.

Photographs, apparently temporary snapshots, were published with a call for dismissal showing young bearded men and three young women wearing headscarves.

Bombing injuries

The tensions were high, with the capital on warning due to bomb terror.

The central bank was short-lived and the road to the capital airport was closed for some of the day .

Office workers in Colombo’s business district were asked to go home early, police said to avoid vulnerable crowds of people in rush hour. City center restaurants are also closed early.

Religious leaders, meanwhile, interrupted public prayer assemblies among warnings of more such attacks, along with rendering sectarian violence.

MHA Haleem, Sri Lankan Islamic Business Minister, appealed to Muslims to avoid gathering in Friday prayer and urging them to pray in the home.

All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama, an association of Islamic scholars, urged women not to “hinder the security forces in their efforts” by wearing face wraps.

People came to the scene of a mass grave to pay their respect to victims of the bombardment on Easter Sunday [Athit Perawongmetha/ Reuters]

Niroshan Perera, a priest who oversaw burials of some of the dozens of people killed in the explosion at St Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, just outside Colombo, the Catholic churches in the city said all the closed and interrupted Masses on the government council.

Perera said an official had warned him that the police were still seeking Negombo for two armed suspects. 19659004] “A little bit, we’re nervous,” he said.

In an unusually specific warning, the US Embassy in Sri Lanka said places of worship could be hit this weekend. “The Sri Lankan authorities report that additional attacks may occur with a focus on services,” warned the US embassy on Twitter. “Avoid these areas over the weekend, from tomorrow.”

The United Kingdom urged its citizens to travel to the island.

The bombings split the relative calm that has existed in the Buddhist majority Sri Lanka since a civil war against mostly Hindu ethnic Tamil separatists ended 10 years ago.

The 22 million people of Sri Lanka include minority Christians, Muslims and Hindus. So far, Christians have succeeded in avoiding the worst of the island’s conflicts and social tensions.

As a result of fear of an increase in common tension, some Muslims have escaped from the Negombo region.

Hundreds of Pakistani Muslims have left the port

“The local Sri Lankan people have attacked our houses,” one of them, Adnan Ali, told the Reuters News Agency on Wednesday when he was ready to board a bus.

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