Secretary-General appalled by killing of foreign mountaineers in Pakistan

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Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging the authorities in Pakistan to take immediate measures to bring perpetrators of terrorism and extremism to justice and ensure security.

This follows the killing of a group of foreign mountaineers and their local guide in northern Pakistan on Sunday.

The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility.

In a statement released by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said he was appalled by the killings and extended his condolences to the victims' families.

The Secretary-General added that he was deeply concerned by the increase in terrorist attacks and bombings in Pakistan that have killed dozens of civilians in recent weeks alone.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration: 41″

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