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UN chief condemns horrific murder of US journalist

August 20, 2014

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is condemning “the horrific murder” of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic State militant group in the strongest terms.

The U.N. chief called his killing “an abominable crime that underscores the campaign of terror the Islamic State ... continues to wage against the people of Iraq and Syria,” U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Wednesday.

Foley was snatched in Syria in November 2012. On Tuesday, two U.S. officials said they believe Foley was the person executed by Islamic State militants in a video posted online.

Secretary-General Ban said the “perpetrators of this and other such horrific crimes must be brought to justice,” and he extended condolences to Foley’s family, friends and colleagues, Dujarric said.

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