Jidhadists celebrate attack on French satirical paper

3rd November 2011, Comments 0 comments

Jihadist groups on Internet forums Thursday celebrated an attack on the offices of a French satirical newspaper, and warned the act could be repeated, the SITE monitoring group said.

In one forum, a "jihadist argued that the attack demonstrates the dedication of Muslims to their faith," said the monitoring service said.

"They can repeat it at any moment, 'especially as unemployment has spread and nothing preoccupies the Muslim youths,'" said the service in a translation of the online posts.

The newspaper Charlie Hebdo had renamed its weekly newspaper Charia (Sharia) Hebdo for a special Arab Spring edition and featured a front-page cartoon of the prophet saying: "100 lashes if you don't die of laughter!"

Their offices in Paris were destroyed in a suspected firebomb attack early Wednesday.

The jihadist groups urged Muslims in Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia "to protest and demand that their current leaders threaten to sever ties with France" if the publishing license for Charlie Hebdo is not revoked, and that similar acts against Islam be "criminalized," said SITE.

© 2011 AFP

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