Justifying killings of people who insult Prophet, Al Qaeda on 2 November threatened French President Emmanuel Macron over his comments on Islam.
Macron defended the publication of Prophet Mohammed’s caricatures on the grounds of freedom of speech and expression which has angered several radical groups and Muslim nations across the world.
“Killing anyone who insults the prophet is the right of each and every Muslim,” the terror group, the terror group that is known by its French acronym AQMI, said in a statement.
The controversy began after the French teacher Samuel Paty near Paris after he showed cartoons of Prophet that were earlier published by the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
In the Islamic world, the mocking of Prophet is seen as blasphemous and widely condemned.
The terror group said the boycott of French goods is not “enough”
“The boycott is a duty but it is not enough,” it said.
Al Qaeda said it would take revenge on Macron‘s statements, calling him “young and inexperienced, with a little brain” and saying he had “insisted on offending the Prophet”.
Meanwhile, the French government on 2 November said its forces had killed over 50 jihadists aligned to al Qaeda in air strikes in central Mali.
The offensive took place on 30 October in an area near the borders of Burkina Faso and Niger, where government troops are struggling to rout an Islamic insurgency, French Defence Minister Florence Parly said after meeting members of Mali’s transitional government.
“On 30 October in Mali, the Barkhane force conducted an operation that neutralised more than 50 jihadists and confiscated arms and material,” Parly said, referring to the French-led anti-jihadist Operation Barkhane.
She added that around 30 motorcycles were destroyed.
Parly, who earlier met Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou and her Nigerien counterpart Issoufou Katambe before heading to Bamako, said the operation was launched after a drone detected a “very large” motorcycle caravan in the “three borders” area.
When the jihadists moved under trees to try and escape surveillance, the French force sent in two Mirage jets and a drone to launch missiles, leading to the “neutralisation” of the insurgents, Parly said.
Military spokesman Colonel Frederic Barbry said that “four terrorists have been captured”.
Explosives and a suicide vest had been found, he told a reporters in a conference call, saying that the group had been “about to attack (an army) position in the region”.
Barbry said that another operation, this time targeting the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara, was also underway, with a total of 3,000 soldiers.
The results of the operation, launched about a month ago, would be announced in the coming days, he said.