BREAKING NEWS: Al Qaeda In Yemen Claims Responsibility For Charlie Hebdo Attack

BREAKING NEWS: Al Qaeda In Yemen Claims Responsibility For Charlie Hebdo Attack

By HuffPost on January 14, 2015
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French police outside the damaged offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, 2 November 2011.Police cordon outside offices of Charlie Hebdo (2 November 2011) The attack on the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo cames a day after the publication named the Prophet Muhammad as its "editor-in-chief" for Wednesday's issue. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

A top leader of Yemen’s al-Qaida branch has claimed responsibility for last week’s attack on a Paris newspaper when two masked gunmen killed 12 people, including much of the weekly’s editorial staff and two police officers.

Nasr al-Ansi, a top commander of Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP as the branch is known, appeared in an 11-minute Internet video posted Wednesday, saying that the massacre at Charlie Hebdo was in “vengeance for the prophet.” The paper had published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, which is considered an insult in Islam.

Al-Ansi say France belongs to the “party of Satan” and warned of more “tragedies and terror.” He says Yemen’s al-Qaida branch “chose the target, laid out the plan and financed the operation.”

French police outside the damaged offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, 2 November 2011.Police cordon outside offices of Charlie Hebdo (2 November 2011) The attack on the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo comes a day after the publication named the Prophet Muhammad as its "editor-in-chief" for Wednesday's issue.
French police outside the damaged offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, 2 November 2011.Police cordon outside offices of Charlie Hebdo (2 November 2011)
The attack on the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo comes a day after the publication named the Prophet Muhammad as its “editor-in-chief” for Wednesday’s issue.

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