Arab League, al-Azhar slam attack on French magazine
Iran Press TVWed Jan 7, 2015 5:19PM
The Arab League and Egypt's al-Azhar University have strongly condemned a deadly attack on the office of French satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, in the heart of the French capital, Paris.
'Arab League chief, Nabil al-Arabi, strongly condemns the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo newspaper in Paris,' the bloc said in a statement on Wednesday evening.
Separately, in remarks carried by Egypt's state news agency, MENA, al-Azhar University also referred to the attack as a criminal act, saying, 'Islam denounces any violence.'
Al-Azhar senior official, Abbas Shoman, said the institution 'does not approve of using violence even if it was in response to an offence committed against sacred Muslim sentiments.'
Al-Azhar is a thousand-year-old seat of religious learning respected by Muslims around the world.
This comes after gunmen attacked the Paris office of the French satirical magazine, killing at least 12 people.
French security sources say four cartoonists, including the magazine's chief editor, were killed in the fatal assault. Eight people were also injured as a result, four of whom are in critical condition.
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said three people were involved in the deadly attack. Earlier, the government raised the security alert level to the highest in Paris, and launched a massive manhunt for the attackers.
French President Francois Hollande has also called an emergency cabinet meeting on the shooting, which he described as a terrorist attack.
Some reports say ISIL Takfiri group, which has been waging wars in Syria and Iraq, had earlier threatened to attack France.
Just minutes before the Wednesday attack, the magazine had tweeted a satirical cartoon of the ISIL leader, Ibrahim al-Samarrai, also known as Abubakr al-Baghdadi.
Back in 2007, the magazine drew international criticism by reprinting an offensive cartoon of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), which had been originally published by a Danish daily.
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