Cyprus’ new police chief has apologized to the families of seven foreign women and girls who an army captain has confessed to killing.

Kypros Michailides said at a ceremony Tuesday to mark his appointment that he offered the apology because police had failed to protect the victims.

He said those who failed will be held accountable.

A man sprays water as clean the diver after a dive in a toxic man-made lake during a search for a third suitcase near the village of Mitsero outside of the capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Monday, May 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
A man sprays water as clean the diver after a dive in a toxic man-made lake during a search for a third suitcase near the village of Mitsero outside of the capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Monday, May 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades fired Michaelides’ predecessor over the “negligence” of some officers.

Police have been accused of failing to properly investigate initial missing persons’ reports.

Divers are continuing with a search of a body the suspect says he dumped in a toxic lake. On Sunday, search crews found a small suitcase that authorities believe contained the remains of an eight year-old girl.

A diver walks out from a toxic man-made lake after his dive search for a third suitcase near the village of Mitsero outside of the capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Monday, May 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
A diver walks out from a toxic man-made lake after his dive search for a third suitcase near the village of Mitsero outside of the capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Monday, May 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
A support crew observe as a diver works inside the toxic man-made lake during a search for a third suitcase near the village of Mitsero outside of the capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Monday, May 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
A support crew observe as a diver works inside the toxic man-made lake during a search for a third suitcase near the village of Mitsero outside of the capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Monday, May 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
A man sprays water as clean a diver after a dive in a toxic man-made lake during a search for a third suitcase near the village of Mitsero outside of the capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Monday, May 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
A man sprays water as clean a diver after a dive in a toxic man-made lake during a search for a third suitcase near the village of Mitsero outside of the capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Monday, May 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

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