UN chief urges release of detained and missing UN staff

The double botched bombings came as Islamic State lost more ground in their last major stronghold in Iraq with the terror group’s numbers depleted and confined to an area of about a square kilometre in the Old City.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed for the release of all missing and detained staff on Friday and urged that those responsible for killing a U.N.

official in Iraq and others be brought to justice.

Ban said in a message marking the International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff on Friday that five U.N. personnel are being held by unnamed member states “without any reasons given for the arrests.” He said six staffers were held hostage by armed groups last year before being released.

“Personnel, especially those deployed under dangerous conditions, deserve full protection and rights,” the secretary-general said.

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His body was found and finally identified last month. “I call on all parties to respect the rights, privileges and immunities of United Nations personnel.”

Ban singled out the killing of Amer al-Kaissy, an Iraqi who headed the U.N. Development office in Diyala and was abducted outside the government building in Baqubah on April 26, 2015.

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