News in Brief 16 March 2015 (PM)

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Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Terrorist attacks in Lahore, Pakistan strongly condemned by UN chief

Terrorist attacks on two Christian churches in the Pakistani city of Lahore, in which at least 14 people were reportedly killed, have been strongly condemned by the UN Secretary-General.

Ban Ki-moon noted with grave concern that the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attacks during morning services on Sunday and threatened to carry out similar attacks in the future.

Mr Ban called on the Government of Pakistan to swiftly bring the perpetrators to justice and to do its utmost to prevent assaults against places of worship and to protect religious minorities.

Nigeria visited by UN political chief ahead of general elections

The importance of holding elections in Nigeria in accordance with the new electoral calendar issued by the country's Independent Electoral Commission is being underscored by the United Nations political chief.

Jeffrey Feltman began a two-day visit to Nigeria on Monday, ahead of the general elections starting on 28 March.

Panel of experts set up to probe death of Dag Hammarskjöld

An independent panel to examine and assess the value of new information related to the death of former Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld has been appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Dag Hammarskjöld and the members of the party accompanying him died in a plane crash in Zambia in September 1961 while on a peace mission to the Congo.

The Independent Panel of Experts is expected to start its work at the end of this month and submit its report to the Secretary-General within three months.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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