Sri Lankan authorities today revised the death toll from the Easter Sunday multiple suicide bombings to 253, more than 100 less than originally estimated. Sri Lanka Health Ministry has reportedly said that the death toll of the attacks revised to 253 from the previously 359 after a calculation error was discovered. Reportedly body parts of the deceased had been counted wrongly in the aftermath of the attacks.
Earlier addressing the nation on April 23, President Sirisena assured that he would take every required step to curb terrorism in Sri Lanka and restore normalcy swiftly.
He urged the people and all the political parties to extend fullest cooperation setting aside differences to these efforts for the sake of the future generation.
Expressing the grief, shock and deep dismay over the loss of lives in these ruthless acts of terrorism, the President stressed the imperative need for the support and unity of everybody in this national endeavor.
President Sirisena expressed confidence that the terrorism can be curbed very soon as the law enforcement agencies have taken swift measures to identify and arrest the criminals responsible for acts of terrorism and aiding and abetting such acts.
He thanked the law enforcements personnel for the effective steps taken to arrest the culprits and expressed condolences over the death of three police officers while carrying out investigations in the aftermath of the terror attacks.
The President disclosed that since 2017, there were intelligence information about emergence of terrorist groups and the fact that some of them receiving training in foreign countries. "Our security services kept a close vigilance on these groups," he said.
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