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KUALA LUMPUR – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has condemned yesterday’s fatal attack on French magazine Charlie Hedbo which claimed 12 lives.

In his tweet Najib said: “Msia condemns in the strongest terms all acts of violence. We stand in unity with the French people. We must fight extremism with moderation.”

The incident is the worst terror attack in France since 1961 when two gunmen opened fire in the magazine’s office, killing its editor, cartoonists and a police officer among others.

Earlier today, French police released pictures of two brothers wanted as suspects as they launched an appeal to the public for information.

Paris police said arrest warrants had been issued for Cherif Kouachi, 32, and his 34-year-old brother Said who were “likely armed and dangerous”.

Meanwhile, another suspect, an 18-year-old teenager surrendered to the police after seeing his name circulating on the social media.

Meanwhile the Foreign Affairs Ministry in a statement released today said Malaysia strongly condemns the attack.

“Nothing justifies taking innocent lives. Malaysia is united with the families of the victims, the Government of France, and the French people.

“As the Prime Minister of Malaysia (Datuk Seri Najib Razak) has said, we must fight extremism with moderation, cross cultural understanding and respect,” it said.-NST

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