Al-Qaeda Threatens to Attack French Ministry, Swedish Embassy Over Quran Burning
14:09 15.09.2023 (Updated: 09:16 17.09.2023)
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – In June, there have been demonstrations in which Quran books were burned in Sweden and Denmark. Most Muslim countries have condemned these demonstrations and some have summoned Sweden and Denmark ambassadors to deliver protest notes.
Members of the Al-Qaeda* terrorist group have threatened to attack a ministry in France and a Swedish embassy, Le Figaro media reported on Friday, citing the group's statement.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) announced its plans in the latest issue of its magazine, Sada al-Malahim, media added.
"Now it is apparent that Sweden, among other European countries, has chosen to lead the war against Islam and Muslims. It is running against France, Germany and others for the first place to challenge God and his messengers," the statement quoted by the media read, adding that the group was referring to the recent Quran burning incident in Sweden.
Furthermore, AQAP had taken responsibility for the terrorist attack on the Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper in 2015 in Paris, according to media.
Earlier in the week, French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin warned of an increasing threat of terrorist attacks
in the country, planned overseas, due to the "lesser presence of French and American forces in the Sahel, Levant and Afghanistan." The minister added that attacks may be carried out similar to those of 2015.
On June 28, during the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, a protest in which the Quran was burned took place in Sweden. The protest was authorized by national police and took place outside Stockholm's main mosque, Amid the ensuing backlash, Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson said the permit was "legal but inappropriate."
Later on July 24, a group of protesters burned a copy of the Quran outside the Iraqi Embassy in Copenhagen.
Al-Qaeda* is a terrorist group banned in Russia and many other countries