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    In the wake of an attack on its Paris office which claimed 12 lives, Charlie Hebdo has defiantly published an issue featuring a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad, prompting threats and ridicule from Islamic extremists.

    A picture taken in Tehran on January 12, 2015 shows the front pages of Iranian newspapers displaying headlines, in response to the recent Islamist attacks that killed 17 people, most at the Paris offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. More than a million people flooded Paris on Sunday in an unprecedented rally against terrorism, led by dozens of world leaders walking arm in arm as cries of Freedom and Charlie rang out.
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    MOSCOW, January 14 (Sputnik) — The Islamic State militant group's radio station said Wednesday that the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo's decision to publish an article with the Prophet Mohammed on the cover in the aftermath of last week's deadly attack was an "extremely stupid" act, Agence France-Presse reported.

    "Charlie Hebdo has again published cartoons insulting the Prophet and this is an extremely stupid act," a statement read on IS's Al-Bayan radio said, AFP reported.

    The cover in question features a cartoon of the Prophet crying, holding a sign which reads "Je suis Charlie" (I am Charlie) under the caption "Tout est pardonne" (All is forgiven).

    The radical Islamist militant group's comments follow a statement via YouTube by an al-Qaida leader based in Yemen, who stated on Wednesday that the Charlie Hebdo massacre was an act of "vengeance for the Prophet." Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi, a high-ranking al-Qaeda commander, also noted that "as for the blessed Battle of Paris, we, the Organization of al-Qaeda al Jihad in the Arabian Peninsula, claim responsibility for this operation."

    Most of the three million copies of the new issue of Charlie Hebdo going on sale this morning have already been sold out. This compares with a normal print run of 60,000 copies for the magazine. The satirical weekly has also been translated into six languages, including English, Arabic and Turkish, publishers have said. All profits from the issue will go to the victims' families.

    On January 7, Charlie Hebdo's Paris office was attacked by gunmen, who murdered 12 people and injured another 11. Two of the terrorists responsible for the attack were later shot by police after an extensive manhunt, and a third suspect turned himself in.

    Hours prior to the attack, the magazine had posted a caricature of the leader of the Islamic State militant group on its Twitter page. The satirical magazine has been known for decades for its unrestrained literary and artistic criticism of every conceivable topic, including religion. Its editors had received several death threats in years past for its publication of cartoons featuring the Prophet Muhammad; its offices were firebombed in 2011.

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