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Published:June 19th, 2015 11:08 EST

UN Chief Ban Condemns Racially Motivated Killings in South Carolina

By SOP newswire3

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the apparently racially motivated killings at an historic African American church in South Carolina in the southern United States, and expressed the hope that those responsible for such a hateful act of violence " will be brought to justice.

In a statement issued earlier today by his spokesperson in New York, Mr. Ban deplored the killing last night of nine people in a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina.

He extends his deep condolences to the loved ones of the victims and his solidarity to the survivors. He hopes the person or persons responsible for this hateful act of violence will be swiftly brought to justice, " conclude the statement.

News reports subsequently have suggested that a suspect in the murders has been arrested in the neighbouring state of North Carolina.

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