Al Qaeda threatened the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo with repeating the slaughter of its staff in 2015, after reposting the controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
Al-Qaida in its publication One Ummah warned that Charlie Hebdo would be wrong if it thought the 2015 attack was “one-time,” after the magazine published the “despicable cartoons” in a provocative issue that marked the beginning of the Paris trial of the alleged accomplices of 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 by the terrorist network.
He said he had the “same message” for France from President Emmanuel Macron as for his predecessor François Hollande who was president at the time of the 2015 attacks.
He said France under Macron “had given the green light” to the republication of the cartoons.
This file photo taken on Jan. 7, 2015 shows a general view of firefighters, police officers and forensic investigators gathered outside the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, after the Kouachi brothers stormed the offices making twelve dead.
Video provided by The Search for International Terrorist Entities (SITE) intelligence group shows al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri at an undisclosed location in 2013, making an announcement in an audio message relayed by video released on jihadist forums
In this September 11, 2001 file photo, smoke rises from the burning Twin Towers of the World Trade Center after hijacked planes crash 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 is believed to mark the anniversary of the Twin Towers attacks today.
Twelve people, including some of France’s most famous cartoonists, were killed on January 7, 2015, when brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi embarked on a shootout at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, whose no-holds-barred style, including the publication of caricatures of the prophet, had divided the country.
The brothers identified themselves in the attack as being members of Al Qaeda.
The trial, which began on September 2 and is expected to run until November, sees 14 suspected accomplices face justice, though all of the perpetrators have been killed in the attacks.
He had reopened one of the post-painful chapters in modern French history which heralded a series of jihadist attacks on its territory which left more than 250 dead.
Charlie Hebdo director Laurent Sourisseau, nicknamed “Riss” and himself seriously injured in the shoulder during the attack, told the court this week that there was nothing to regret posting the cartoons.
French President Emmanuel Macron looks on during the closing press conference of the seventh summit of Mediterranean countries MED7, in Porticcio, Corsica, France yesterday
“What I regret is how few people are fighting 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 further condemnation from states such as Iran, Pakistan and Turkey.
But Sourisseau, who now lives in 24-hour protection, said he had to repost them.
“If we had given up the right to publish these cartoons, it would mean that we were wrong to do so,” he said.