911 Death Toll Continues To Decline
By Randall Mikkelsen

(AFP) - As officials continue to revise downward the estimates of the number of lives lost in the September 11 terror attacks, a day of fierce battles during the US Civil War has reclaimed the dubious distinction as "bloodiest day in America," according to news reports.

The New York Times reported Sunday that September 17, 1862, can once again claim the title of bloodiest day in US history, when at least 3,650 Confederate and Union soldiers died at the Battle of Antietam, and thousands of others were wounded.

The death toll in the World Trade Center attack originally was estimated to be near 7,000, but now hovers at around 3,300 and could decline further as officials continue to refine their count, the daily reported.

US officials said however, that the diminishing death toll in no way lessens the horror of the terror assaults.

"Our country was attacked, thousands of innocent Americans and citizens from other countries were killed and the terrorists have threatened to kill more," Philip Reeker, a deputy spokesman at the State Department, told the Times.

Authorities said they update their casualty figures on a daily basis as bodies are pulled from the rubble of the wrecked World Trade Center buildings.

Other names are are eliminated by cross-checking, as authorities sometimes discover that people were listed in error. Dozens of names also have been dropped from lists provided by foreign consulates.


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