Group claimed responsibility for the attack on Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper in Paris this month that killed 17 people.
Nasser bin Ali Al Ansi, an official with Al Qaeda
in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), based in Yemen, has urged Muslims to carry out
lone-wolf strikes in Western countries two weeks after his group said it was
behind the Paris attacks, SITE Monitoring reported.
"If he is capable to wage individual jihad in
the Western countries that fight Islam... then that is better and more
harmful," he told the group's media wing when asked if Muslims should quit
the West to live in ISIL held areas, SITE reported.
Ansi added that AQAP had worked to strike Western
targets outside Yemen, something that led Washington to regard the group as Al
Qaeda's most active wing after it plotted foiled attacks to bring down
"We have made efforts in external work, and
the enemy knows the danger of that... We are preparing and lurking for the
enemies of Allah. We incite the believers to do that," he said.
AQAP claimed responsibility for the attack on
Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper in Paris this month that killed 17 people.
Two of the attackers had spent time in Yemen in 2011.
A shooting at Fort Hood military base in the US in
2009 that killed 13 people was carried out by Nidal Malik Hasan, who had been
in contact with Anwar Al Awlaki, an American cleric working in Yemen with AQAP.
Western countries fear the renewed chaos in Yemen,
where Houthi militia fighters fought the presidential guard in the capital on
Tuesday, could give AQAP more space to plan attacks outside the country.
All good Muslims around the world should condemn these people. They are harming the world image of all Muslims. Time for this message to be shouted loud and clear in all mosques around the world. Isolate these idiots from the true Muslims and let them be condemned by their own people.