Al-Qaeda threatens Charlie Hebdo magazine with a repeat of 2015 attack

Al-Qaeda threatens Charlie Hebdo with another massacre after French magazine republished cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed

  • Said & Cherif Kouachi killed 12 people at Charlie Hebdo’s offices in Paris in 2015
  • Slayings were a response to publishing of cartoons of the prophet Mohammed 
  • Al-Qaeda today warned the magazine would be mistaken if they thought the  attacks were a ‘one off’ after they republished the cartoons this month 
  • It said it had the ‘same message’ for the France of President Emmanuel Macron who it accused of giving the ‘green light’ for the cartoons to be published 

Al-Qaeda has threatened French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo with a repeat of a 2015 massacre of its staff, after it republished controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

Al-Qaeda in its publication One Ummah has warned that Charlie Hebdo would be mistaken if it believed the 2015 attack was a ‘one off’, after the magazine printed the ‘contemptible caricatures’ in a defiant issue that marked the start of the trial in Paris of suspected accomplices in the attack.

The comments came in an English edition of the Al-Qaeda publication that purported to mark the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States carried out by the terror network.

It said it had the ‘same message’ for the France of President Emmanuel Macron as it did for his predecessor Francois Hollande who was president at the time of the 2015 attacks.

It said France under Macron ‘gave a green light’ to the republication of the cartoons. 

This file photo taken on January 7, 2015 shows a general view of firefighters, police officers and forensic investigators gathered in front of the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, after the brothers Kouachi stormed the offices leaving twelve dead

A video provided by the SITE (The Search for International Terrorist Entities) Intelligence Group shows Al-Qaeda’s chief Ayman al-Zawahiri at an undisclosed location in 2013 making an announcement in a video-relayed audio message posted on jihadist forums

In this Sept. 11, 2001, file photo, smoke rises from the burning twin towers of the World Trade Center after hijacked planes crashed into the towers, in New York City. The threat to Charlie Hebdo was published in an issue of Al-Qaeda’s online magazine, One Ummah, which purportedly marks the anniversary of the twin tower attacks today 

Twelve people, including some of France’s most celebrated cartoonists, were killed on January 7, 2015, when brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi went on a gun rampage at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, whose no-taboo style, including publishing cartoons of the prophet, had divided the country.

The brothers identified themselves during the attack as members of Al-Qaeda. 

The trial, which began on September 2 and is expected to continue until November, sees 14 suspected accomplices face justice even though all the perpetrators were killed in the wake of the attacks.

It had reopened one of the post painful chapters in France’s modern history which heralded a spate of jihadist attacks on its territory that have claimed more than 250 lives.

Charlie Hebdo’s director Laurent Sourisseau, known as ‘Riss’ and who was himself badly wounded in the shoulder in the attack, told the court this week that there was nothing to regret in publishing the cartoons. 

French President Emmanuel Macron looks on during the closing press conference of the seventh MED7 Mediterranean countries summit, in Porticcio, Corsica, France yesterday

‘What I regret is to see how little people fight to defend freedom. If we don’t fight for our freedom, we live like a slave and we promote a deadly ideology,’ he said.

Charlie Hebdo’s republication of the cartoons drew new condemnation from states including Iran, Pakistan and Turkey.

But Sourisseau, who now lives under round the clock protection, said it had to republish them.

‘If we had given up the right to publish these cartoons, that would mean that we were wrong to do so’ in the first place, he said.

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