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Top Yemeni al-Qaida leader claims responsibility for attack on Paris paper in video message

  • FILE - In this April 23, 2013 file photo, a suspected Yemeni al-Qaida militant, center, holds an Islamist banner as he stands behind bars during a court hearing in state security court in Sanaa, Yemen. A top leader of Yemen's al-Qaida branch has claimed responsibility for last week's attack on a Paris newspaper when two masked gunmen killed 12 people, including much of the weekly's editorial staff and two police officers. Nasr al-Ansi, a top commander of Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP as the branch is known, appeared in an 11-minute Internet video posted Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)

    FILE - In this April 23, 2013 file photo, a suspected Yemeni al-Qaida militant, center, holds an Islamist banner as he stands behind bars during a court hearing in state security court in Sanaa, Yemen. A top leader of Yemen's al-Qaida branch has claimed responsibility for last week's attack on a Paris newspaper when two masked gunmen killed 12 people, including much of the weekly's editorial staff and two police officers. Nasr al-Ansi, a top commander of Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP as the branch is known, appeared in an 11-minute Internet video posted Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • AP CANNOT INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE CONTENT, DATE, LOCATION OR AUTHENTICITY OF THIS MATERIAL IN THIS IMAGE - In this image made from militant video posted on the Twitter account of Yemen's al-Qaida branch on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, Nasr al-Ansi, a top commander of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, speaks about last week's deadly assault on a French satirical newspaper. Al-Ansi confirmed in the video that his group carried out the attack to avenge cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, as he called for unity among jihadi ranks and vowed more attacks on the West. (AP Photo/Militant Video)

    AP CANNOT INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE CONTENT, DATE, LOCATION OR AUTHENTICITY OF THIS MATERIAL IN THIS IMAGE - In this image made from militant video posted on the Twitter account of Yemen's al-Qaida branch on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, Nasr al-Ansi, a top commander of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, speaks about last week's deadly assault on a French satirical newspaper. Al-Ansi confirmed in the video that his group carried out the attack to avenge cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, as he called for unity among jihadi ranks and vowed more attacks on the West. (AP Photo/Militant Video)  (The Associated Press)

A top leader of Yemen's al-Qaida branch has claimed responsibility for last week's attack on a Paris newspaper when two masked gunmen killed 12 people, including much of the weekly's editorial staff and two police officers.

Nasr al-Ansi, a top commander of Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP as the branch is known, appeared in an 11-minute Internet video posted Wednesday, saying that the massacre at Charlie Hebdo was in "vengeance for the prophet." The paper had published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, which is considered an insult in Islam.

Al-Ansi say France belongs to the "party of Satan" and warned of more "tragedies and terror." He says Yemen's al-Qaida branch "chose the target, laid out the plan and financed the operation."