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Al-Qaeda Member: Group Ordered Paris Attack

Member of Yemeni branch makes anonymous statement
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 9, 2015 3:42 PM CST
Al-Qaeda Member: Group Ordered Paris Attack
In this Friday, June 15, 2012 file photo, an al-Qaida logo is seen on a street sign in the town of Jaar in southern Abyan province, Yemen.   (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)

(Newser) – A member of al-Qaeda's branch in Yemen says the group directed the attack against the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris "as revenge for the honor" of Islam's Prophet Muhammad. The member today provided the AP a statement in English saying "the leadership of AQAP directed the operations and they have chosen their target carefully." He says the attack was in line with warnings from the late al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden to the West about "the consequences of the persistence in the blasphemy against Muslim sanctities." He says the group has delayed its declaration of responsibility for "security reasons." He spoke on condition of anonymity because of the group's regulations. (Read more al-Qaeda stories.)

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