Huthi militia chief condemns Charlie Hebdo for attack on Islam

20th January 2015, Comments 0 comments

The head of Yemen's powerful Shiite militia on Tuesday condemned French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, whose Paris offices were raided this month in a deadly jihadist attack, for its "affronts to Islam."

"We forcefully condemn these affronts to Islam," Abdul Malik al-Huthi said in a televised address that focused primarily on the political and security crisis in Yemen, where his forces seized the presidential palace earlier the same day.

He was apparently referring to cartoons the magazine has published of the Muslim prophet Mohammed.

Huthi also said, without elaborating, that linking "what happened (in Paris) with Yemen and Al-Qaeda is a foreign plot" against his country.

Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed responsibility for the January 7 attack in which two brothers with ties to the group killed 12 people.

© 2015 AFP

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