The head of Yemen's powerful Shiite militia on Tuesday condemned French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, whose Paris offices were raided this month in a deadly jihadist attack, for its "affronts to Islam."
"We forcefully condemn these affronts to Islam," Abdul Malik al-Huthi said in a televised address that focused primarily on the political and security crisis in Yemen, where his forces seized the presidential palace earlier the same day.
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He was apparently referring to cartoons the magazine has published of the Muslim prophet Mohammed.
Huthi also said, without elaborating, that linking "what happened (in Paris) with Yemen and Al-Qaeda is a foreign plot" against his country.
Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed responsibility for the January 7 attack in which two brothers with ties to the group killed 12 people.