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Al Qaeda in Yemen claims responsibility for Charlie Hebdo attack

One of the terror group’s leaders said it was an act of vengeance.

The scene at the magazine last week.
The scene at the magazine last week.
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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 Mohammed.

“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.

Meanwhile, the Islamic State group’s radio described French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo’s publication of a new cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed as an “extremely stupid” act.

“Charlie Hebdo has again published cartoons insulting the prophet and this is an extremely stupid act,” said a statement read on Al-Bayan radio, which the jihadist group broadcasts in areas under its control in Syria and Iraq.

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