Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, has condemned the murder of the three boys.
“We condemn in the strongest terms their killing. We express our sincerecondolences to their families and friends and share their grief.
“We trust the perpetrators of this barbaric act will swiftly be brought to justice. We call for restraint of all parties concerned in order not to further aggravate the fragile situation on the ground,” Ashton said in a in a statement.
French President Francois Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron both issued statements of condemnation earlier today.