Paris: A day after France forces brought the two sieges to a bloody end, an al Qaeda associate in Yemen late on Friday said that the group was responsible for carrying out terror attack on the Paris' satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, reports stated on Saturday.
In a statement provided to the Associated Press, the al Qaeda member said that the attack on Charlie Hebdo, which killed 12, was directed by al Qaeda leadership. He further added that the attack was a revenge for the honour of Islam's Prophet Mohammed.
According to reports, the delay in claiming the responsibility was intentionally done due to security reasons.
As there is no confirmation of the report, two US officials on the condition of anonymity told USA Today that the United States is trying to figure out whether al Qaeda was behind the attack or merely supported Said and Cherif Kouachi, who were killed Friday in a shootout with French police.
However, one of the gunmen in the Charlie Hebdo attack, Cherif, had told French TV that he was acting on behalf of the Yemen-based al Qaeda.
Meanwhile, as per SITE monitoring group report, a top sharia official from al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), Harith al-Nadhari, has threatened France with fresh attacks.
"It is better for you to stop your aggression against the Muslims, so perhaps you will live safely. If you refuse but to wage war, then wait for the glad tiding," he was quoted as saying.
On the other hand, countering the claims of al Qaeda, Islamic State has taken responsibility for the terror attacks in Paris and threatened Britain and America, as per report in The Washington Times.
“We started with the France operation for which we take responsibility. Tomorrow will be in Britain, America and others,” Cleric Abu Saad al-Ansari in a sermon in Mosul was quoted as saying.
(With Agency inputs)