Islamist group repeats call for Hollande assassination
March 25, 2014, 12:18 am TWN
WASHINGTON--A jihadist group repeated its calls for French president Francois Hollande's assassination in revenge for the European nation's recent interventions in Africa, terrorist monitoring group SITE said Sunday.
The al-Minbar Jihadi Media Network, a militant Islamist web site with ties to Al-Qaeda, says it wants Muslims to stage attacks in France and on French interests elsewhere in support of Muslims in Central African Republic and Mali.
"Supporting them is an easy matter for every honest and loyal person, because the embassies of France fill the lands of the Muslims, not to mention the lions of our Ummah who live in the West," it said in a message introducing the latest campaign, according to the SITE Intelligence Group.
On its online forum, it posted 22 posters, a video, an article, and a poem, adding to the campaign it began earlier this month urging terror attacks in France and for Hollande's killing.
Hollande responded at the time, saying "this is not the first time that there have been threats," and "we are extremely vigilant."
France sent in troops to Mali in January last year to drive out Islamist militants and Tuareg rebels who had taken control of the desert north.