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UN Inquiry Says Probe Should Be Reopened Into Hammarskjold Death


UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold (seen in New York) died in a plane crash during a peace mission to the Congo in 1961.

UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold (seen in New York) died in a plane crash during a peace mission to the Congo in 1961.

Investigators have called on the United Nations to reopen a probe into the death more than 50 years ago of UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold, citing "persuasive evidence" that his plane was shot down.

Hammarskjold died in mysterious circumstances in September 1961 while on a peace mission to the Congo, when his plane crashed shortly before landing in Zambia.

A report released in The Hague by a privately appointed commission consisting of high-profile international judges and diplomats called on the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) to release cockpit recordings from the time to confirm whether mercenary aircraft may have shot down the plane.

The commission cited new witnesses who claimed to have seen a second aircraft shooting at the plane on the night of the crash almost 52 years ago.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP
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