Yemen's al-Qaeda claims attack on Charlie Hebdo

2015-01-14 12:37
Masked gunman run towards a victim of their gun fire outside the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo's office in Paris. (AP)

Masked gunman run towards a victim of their gun fire outside the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo's office in Paris. (AP)

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Dubai - Al-Qaeda in Yemen has claimed responsibility for the attack on Charlie Hebdo in a video posted online, saying it was "vengeance" for the French weekly's cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

"We, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, claim responsibility for this operation as vengeance for the messenger of Allah," one of the group's leaders, Nasser al-Ansi, said in the video titled: "A message regarding the blessed battle of Paris."

AQAP was formed in January 2009 as a merger of the Yemeni and Saudi branches of al-Qaeda. Washington regards it as the worldwide jihadist network's most dangerous branch and has carried out a sustained drone war against its leaders.

Ansi said the attack was ordered by Ayman Zawahiri, the network's global commander.

"The leadership of [AQAP] was the party that chose the target and plotted and financed the plan... It was following orders by our general chief Ayman al-Zawahiri," he said.

"The heroes were chosen and they answered the call," he said.

Speaking over footage of the attack that killed 12 people, Ansi said: "Today, the mujahideen avenge their revered prophet, and send the clearest message to everyone who would dare to attack Islamic sanctities."

Read more on:    charlie hebdo  |  al-qaeda  |  prophet muhammad  |  france  |  yemen  |  paris shooting
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