Al-Qaeda claims responsibility
AL-QAEDA in Yemen yesterday claimed responsibility for the attack on Charlie Hebdo in a video posted online, saying it was "vengeance" for the French weekly's cartoons of Prophet Muhammad.
Nasser Al-Ansi, one of the chiefs of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), said the attack was ordered by Ayman Al-Zawahiri, the extremist network's global commander.
AQAP was formed in January 2009 as a merger of the Yemeni and Saudi branches of Al-Qaeda. Washington regards it as the network's most dangerous branch and has carried out a sustained drone war against its leaders.
The perpetrators of the attack, brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi, were known to have trained with AQAP.
The group recently called for supporters to carry out attacks in France, which is part of a United States-led coalition conducting air strikes against militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.