Al-Qaeda linked group Jund al-Khilafah has claimed responsibility for shootings this week in France, according to a statement posted on jihadist websites on Thursday.
“On… March 19th, our brother Yousef the Frenchman carried out an operation that shook the foundations of the Zionist Crusaders… and filled their hearts with terror,” said the statement apparently referring to the shooting of an Israeli-French teacher and three children at a Jewish school in France.
“We claim responsibility for these operations,” said the statement, adding that Israel’s “crimes… will not go unpunished.”
The jihadist group also called on France to change “its policies towards Muslims… and to abandon its aggressive tendencies towards Islam,” warning that such policies will bring “nothing but destruction.”
And it added: “Jews we say to you… our date with you is near and you will be dazzled by what we are capable of.”
The statement was pulled from some websites shortly after it was posted but remained on several other websites.
According to US monitoring group SITE, Jund al-Khilafah has previously claimed attacks in Afghanistan and Kazakhstan.
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