05-12-2019 04:19 PM Jerusalem Timing

Iran Denounces ’Terrorist Attack’ in Paris

Iran Denounces ’Terrorist Attack’ in Paris

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham condemned what she called ’terrorist attack’ in Paris on Wednesday, and said any act of terrorism against innocent people is opposed to Islamic teachings.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh AfkhamIranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham condemned what she called 'terrorist attack' in Paris on Wednesday, and said any act of terrorism against innocent people is opposed to Islamic teachings, state-run IRNA news agency reported.

"Taking advantage of freedom of expression and ideological extremism and character assassination of respectful figures of religions and nations as well as insulting divine faiths and their values and symbols which are respected by those religions are not acceptable and are condemned," Afkham said.

Reacting to the Parish incidents, she said "those acts are continuation of the wave of extremism and unprecedented physical and ideological violence prevailing worldwide during the past decade."

Afkham regretted that the "inappropriate and double standard policies in dealing with violence and extremism have led to the spread of those acts and behaviors."

The Iranian diplomat reiterated President Sheikh Hassan Rouhani’s idea of creating a world free of violence and extremism and expressed hope that world leaders would adopt a unified policy through consultation and free from double standard policies to uproot causes of violence and extremism.

At least 12 people were killed on Wednesday when masked gunmen stormed the Paris offices of the weekly satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, and opened fire.

The French authorities have called the incident the worst terror attack in four decades.