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Sri Lanka attack death toll between 250-260, not 359

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Funeral in Negombo, Sri Lanka
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The death toll in Sri Lanka's Easter Day attack is around 100 fewer than the 359 originally thought, top government officials said on Thursday.

"It could be 250 or 260. I can't exactly say. There are so many body parts and it is difficult to give a precise figure," Anil Jasinghe, the director general of Sri Lanka's health services told Reuters in a phone interview.

Ruwan Wijewardene, Sri Lanka's deputy defence minister whose ministry is responsible for the island's police force, said the death toll had been revised down to 253 due to inaccurate figures provided by the country's morgues.

"Unfortunately the health ministry provided the earlier number to us," he said.