UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday condemned "in the strongest terms the horrific murder" of freelance journalist James Foley by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
He called for bringing the perpetrators to justice, according to Ban's Spokesman Stephane Dujarric told the daily press briefing.
"This abominable crime underscores the campaign of terror the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) continues to wage against the people of Iraq and Syria," he said.
Extending his deepest condolences to Foley's family, friends and colleagues, Ban said the perpetrators of "this and other such horrific crimes must be brought to justice."
The US security officials have reportedly said the video showing Foley's beheading by the ISIL in Syria is authentic.