Al-Qaeda Urges Attacks on Those Who Insult Mohammed
The Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) terrorist organization on Monday urged its followers to kill anyone insulting the Prophet Mohammed and threatened French President Emmanuel Macron over his remarks on Islam.
"Killing anyone who insults the prophet is the right of each and every Muslim," the jihadist group said in a statement.
The call follows Macron’s recent defense of the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed on the grounds of freedom of speech.
Macron's remarks came after the beheading of French teacher Samuel Paty near Paris by a suspected jihadist after Paty had shown his students cartoons of the prophet Mohammed during a lesson on freedom of expression.
That followed the re-publication of the controversial cartoons in September by the satirical French weekly Charlie Hebdo, which itself was targeted by Islamist terrorists.
Macron has vowed to defend freedom of speech, but anger has spread among Muslims worldwide, with many vowing to boycott French products. (INN / VFI News)
You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. - Matthew 5:38-39