Al Qaeda in North Africa calls death of U.S. ambassador a 'gift'
Sunni Muslims burn a U.S. flag during a protest in Lahore, Pakistan, on Monday, September 17. Protests sparked by an online film that mocks the Prophet Mohammed entered their second week, with demonstrators taking to the streets in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Indonesia and Lebanon.
September 18th, 2012
07:03 AM ET

Al Qaeda in North Africa calls death of U.S. ambassador a 'gift'

By Ed Payne and Saad Abedine

As the fallout from an online film that mocks Islam's holy prophet continues, al Qaeda's affiliate in North Africa urged Muslims in the region Tuesday to kill U.S. government representatives and called the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens a "gift."

"We encourage all Muslims to continue to demonstrate and escalate their protests ... and to kill their (American) ambassadors and representatives or to expel them to cleanse our land from their wickedness," said the statement from al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

The group called last week's killing of Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, "the best gift you (can) give to his arrogant and unjust administration."

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