The United Nations Security Council has condemned “in the strongest terms” the terrorist attack that took place on Thursday at a mosque in Saudi Arabia, resulting in the death of at least 15 people, for which the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has claimed responsibility.

“The members of the Security Council stressed again that ISIL must be defeated and that the intolerance, violence and hatred it espouses must be stamped out,” said a press statement issued last night.

They further emphasized that such “continued acts of barbarism perpetrated by ISIL do not intimidate them, but rather stiffen their resolve” that there has to be a common effort amongst governments and institutions to counter ISIL and other terrorist groups.

The attack was perpetrated at a mosque at the headquarters of the Special Emergency Security Forces in the Asir Region of Saudi Arabia.

Underlining the need to bring the perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these “reprehensible acts of terrorism” to justice, the 15-member Council urged all States to cooperate actively with the Saudi authorities in this regard.

In their fight against terrorism, States must ensure that measures taken comply with all their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law, the Council added.

Source: UN News Center

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