Following the vicious terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris this week, the leadership of the controversial Islamic group Hezbollah released a statement condemning the attacks, saying they were carried out by extremist Muslims following a “distorted” version of Islam.

“The behavior of the takfiri groups that claim to follow Islam have distorted Islam, the Koran and the Muslim nation more than Islam’s enemies … who insulted the prophet in films… or drew cartoons of the prophet,” Hezbollah leader Hasan Nasrallah said in a televised statement.

Nasrallah, the chief of the Lebanese military arm of Hezbollah, continued: “Takfiris are the biggest threat to Islam, as a religion [and] as a message.”

“Takfiri” is a doctrine of radical Islamists that allows terrorists to target and kill other Muslims, which is normally against Islam’s teachings. “Takfiri” is justified by terrorists who claim that their Muslim victims have left “true Islam” and are thus not considered Muslims.

Nasrallah’s comments are especially relevant in light of the murder of Ahmed Merabet, a Muslim police officer and one of the 12 victims in the Charlie Hebdo attack.

The terrorist attack has been universally condemned by world leaders, as well as several other controversial Muslim groups like Hamas and the Palestinian Authority. Hezbollah is considered a terrorist group by the United States and the European Union.

The pursuit of the Charlie Hebdo suspects ended Friday when Cherif and Said Kouachi were killed in a shootout with police in northeast Paris. One hostage taken by the gunmen was freed after the confrontation.

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