ISIS Praises 'Lions of Islam' for Paris Attack

'Islamic State' terror group praises Wednesday's attack against 'heretical' French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Yaakov Levi ,

Police in front of Charlie Hebdo's Paris headquarters (file)
Police in front of Charlie Hebdo's Paris headquarters (file)

While most of the world condemned the terror attack at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo earlier Wednesday, ISIS, the terror movement that has conquered large portions of Syria and Iraq and set up an Islamist state, praised the attack.

“The lions of Islam have taken revenge on the heretics in the name of our prophet,” ISIS said in a statement.

12 people have been killed in a shooting attack at the offices of French satirical news magazine Charlie Hebdo in central Paris. The magazine published cartoons of the Muslim prophet Mohammed in 2012, leading France to temporarily close its embassies and schools in more than 20 countries amid fears of Islamist reprisals. The offices of Charlie Hebdo were also burned down on November 2, 2011. A firebomb was lobbed into the offices of the paper at about 1 a.m., igniting a blaze.

The attack in 2011 came a day after the paper had announced it was naming Islam's founder, Prophet Mohammed, as its “editor-in-chief” for this week's issue. A statement by the paper said: “In order fittingly to celebrate the Islamist Ennahda's win in Tunisia and the NTC (National Transitional Council) president's promise that sharia would be the main source of law in Libya, Charlie Hebdo asked Mohammed to be guest editor.”

The back page of the paper was to feature a picture of Muhammed wearing a red nose, with the caption, “Yes, Islam is compatible with humor.” The front page, renamed “Sharia Hebdo,” was to likewise feature a picture of the Muslim prophet, captioned, “100 lashes if you don't die of laughter!”

According to ISIS, the terrorists “are our lions. These are the first drops” of terror that will be rained down on the West. “Soon there will be others,” a spokesperson for the group said, adding that there was “great joy” in the terror group over Wednesday's attack.

In a statement, Germany's PEGIDA group, which has conducted several large protests against the Muslim presence in Germany, said that the French attack was a clear manifestation of the Islamist violence that the group has been warning against for years.

“The Islamists we have been protesting against have today shown that they are incapable of being a part of a democratic society, and that they see violence and death as a solution. Our leaders want us to believe the opposite. Do we need to have a tragedy like this in Germany in order to realize the truth?”