CNN)Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the terror group’s North Africa branch, has issued a warning to France after the country’s spate of terror attacks over the past week.
“France pays the cost of its violence on Muslim countries and the violation of their sanctity,” AQIM said in a statement published on jihadist websites.
“As long as its soldiers occupy countries such as Mali and Central Africa and bombard our people in Syria and Iraq, and as long as its lame media continues to undermine our Prophet (Mohammed), France will expose itself to the worst and more.”
France is reeling from an attack at the Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper, which killed 12 people Wednesday; the death of policewoman Thursday; and the siege of a kosher supermarket Friday that left four hostages dead.
Three terrorists from the attacks were killed, but a suspected co-conspirator remains on the loose — possibly in Syria.