A top al-Qaida leader in Yemen claimed responsibility for what officials called a terrorist attack on a satirical magazine in Paris last week that resulted in the death of 12 people, the Los Angeles Times reported.
In the 12-minute video, Nasr al-Ansi called the perpetrators “heroes of Islam,” claiming to have chosen the target, planned and financed the Jan. 7 attack on Charlie Hebdo, which resulted in a manhunt and ended three days later in a Paris kosher supermarket where the suspects took hostages before being killed by French authorities.
The Times reported that a total 17 people were killed in all, including two police officers.
Al-Qaida claims the attacks were retaliation for the magazine publishing images depicting the prophet Muhammad. Islam was just one of several religions Charlie Hebdo poked fun at.
An estimated 3.7 million people descended on the streets of Paris to show support for the victims of of the attack.
The magazine’s latest issue sold out of its first run of 60,000 copies and will be printing millions more to help keep up with demand, the BBC reported. Dubbed the “survivor’s issue,” the book has a drawing of Muhammad on the cover holding a sign reading “I am Charlie” and the words “All is forgiven” printed in French below the masthead.