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French Muslim leaders condemn 'barbaric' attack on Charlie Hebdo office

Iran Press TV

Wed Jan 7, 2015 5:16PM

France's Muslim leadership has denounced as "barbaric" a deadly assault on the office of France's satirical weekly, Charlie Hebdo, in Paris.

"This extremely grave barbaric action is also an attack against democracy," the French Council of the Muslim Faith, also known as Conseil français du culte musulman (CFCM), said in a statement released on Wednesday.

The body represents the Muslim community in France, which is home to between 3.5 and five million Muslims.

"In this tense international climate stoked by the madness of terrorist groups unjustly claiming to represent Islam, we call on all those attached to the republic's values and to democracy to avoid provocation," the Muslim council added.

The statement also called on the Muslim community to exercise "the greatest vigilance towards possible manipulation by extremist groups."

The Union of French Islamic Organizations also slammed in a separate statement "in the firmest manner this criminal attack and these horrible murders."

Earlier in the day, Rocco Contento, a Paris police spokesman, said three attackers entered the magazine's office at around 11:30 a.m. local time (1030 GMT), carrying pump-action shotguns and Kalashnikovs.

Officials said the dead, numbering a dozen, included three cartoonists and the chief editor who had been holding a meeting when the assailants opened fire.

The attackers remained at large by early evening and no group has claimed responsibility for the shooting so far.

Charlie Hebdo has a long record of taking its satire seriously. The weekly magazine's office was firebombed in 2011 after the publication of insulting cartoons of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH).

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