Charlie Hebdo Attacks: Al-Qaeda Admits Responsibility
- Warns West Of More ‘Tragedies And Terror’
A top al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) leader has released a video formally claiming responsibility for the Charlie Hebdo attacks and warning the West of more ‘tragedies and terror’.
Nasr al-Ansi, a top commander of AQAP as the branch is known, appeared in an 11-minute video posted Wednesday, saying that the massacre at Charlie Hebdo was in “vengeance for the prophet.”
The paper had in the past published cartoons of the Prophet Mohamed and today released the first edition since the massacre of its offices which also depicted Mohamed.
They also used footage of the 9/11 attacks in the video and quoted threats from deceased leader Osama bin Laden.
Al-Ansi said France belongs to the “party of Satan” and warned of more “tragedies and terror.” He claimed Yemen’s al-Qaeda branch “chose the target, laid out the plan and financed the operation”.
“Look at it. It is France that has shared all of America’s crimes. It is France that has committed crimes in Mali and the Islamic Maghreb. It is France that supports the annihilation of Muslims in Central Africa in the name of race cleansing.”
In a translation of the video under the heading ‘our message to the Western nation’, it added: “We have warned you before about the consequences of these deeds that your governments collude with under the pretext of ‘freedom of press’ or ‘freedom of ideas’.
“The freedom that is always tamed except when spreading vile and waging war on Allah and His Messengers and defaming the religion.
“We tell you once again: Stop your insults on our Prophet and sanctities. Stop spilling our blood. Leave our lands. Quit plundering our resources. Otherwise, by Allah, do not expect of us except tragedies and terror. You will look for peace and stability but you will not find it.”