UN chief calls for stepping up efforts to fight terrorism after Nice attack

AFP , Friday 15 Jul 2016

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday condemned the Bastille Day attack in the French city of Nice, calling for intensified efforts to confront terrorism and violent extremism.

Ban "stands firmly behind the French government and people as they confront this threat and stresses the need to intensify regional and international efforts to combat terrorism and violent extremism," a UN statement said.

At least 84 people including many children were killed when the attacker rammed a truck into a crowd celebrating France's national day in the Riviera city late Thursday.

Ban offered condolences to the victims' families after "this horrific act" and wished a speedy recovery to the many injured.

He expressed hope that "all those responsible for this massacre will be rapidly identified and brought to justice."

The UN Security Council late Thursday strongly condemned the "barbaric and cowardly terrorist attack" and reaffirmed terrorism as one of the most serious threats to world peace and security.

The attack was the third major strike against France in less than 18 months.

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