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International terrorist kidnappings for ransom increase, UN Security Council says

The U.N. Security Council says international terrorism is increasingly motivated by intolerance and extremism and its perpetrators are increasingly resorting to kidnapping for ransom and coordinating acts with organized crime.

A presidential statement approved by the council Friday also expressed concern at the growing use of the internet and new information and communications technologies by terrorists to recruit, incite, finance and prepare their illegal activities.

The council added that it remains "gravely concerned" about the risk of terrorists acquiring, developing or trafficking in weapons of mass destruction.

The statement was adopted at the end of an open council meeting on fighting terrorism.