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  1. Now, Pakistan cleric offers prayers for terrorists who attacked Charlie Hebdo

Now, Pakistan cleric offers prayers for terrorists who attacked Charlie Hebdo

A hard-line cleric in northwest Pakistan has led a memorial service for the two brothers who attacked the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, praising their assault.

By: | Peshawar | Published: January 13, 2015 7:53 PM
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A student of Ghausia Madrassa, an Islamic school, kisses a banner after laying flowers as he attends with others to offer funeral prayers in Peshawar January 13, 2015, for the Islamist militants who conducted the Paris attacks on Charlie Hebdo last week. Seventeen victims, including journalists and police, died in three days of violence that began on Wednesday with an attack on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, known for mocking Islam and other religions. The Charlie Hebdo gunmen, two French-born brothers of Algerian origin, singled out the weekly for its publication of cartoons depicting and ridiculing the Prophet Mohammad. The three days of bloodshed ended on Friday with a siege at a Jewish deli in Paris where four hostages and another gunman were killed. The first two attackers, brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi who travelled to Yemen in 2011 for training, were killed on Friday after a siege northeast of the capital. Police said all three men were part of the same Paris-based Islamist cell. REUTERS

A hard-line cleric in northwest Pakistan has led a memorial service for the two brothers who attacked the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, praising their assault.

Pir Mohammad Chishti, who runs a religious seminary in the city of Peshawar, led the prayers Tuesday. About 40 people attended, with some carrying banners condemning the magazine. They chanted praise for Said and Cherif Kouachi, who massacred 12 people in the newspaper attack last week and were later killed by police.

Charlie Hebdo often lampooned organized religions, including Islam by drawing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. Such depictions are considered blasphemous by many Muslims.

Chishti told reporters at the prayer ceremony that anyone who commits blasphemy should be killed.

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Relatives of Police officer Franck Brinsolaro, killed at Charlie Hebdo, attend during a ceremony to pay tribute to the three police officers killed in the attacks, in Paris, France, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Police officers Ahmed Merabet, 40, Franck Brinsolaro, 49, were killed during the attacks at Charlie Hebdo, and Clarissa Jean-Philippe killed in Montrouge last week. (AP)

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