Paris shooting: Malaysia strongly condemns attack on Charlie Hebdo

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The Malaysian government has strongly condemned the attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris that killed 12 people.

In a statement on Thursday, the Foreign Ministry said nothing justifies taking innocent lives amid the most deadly militant attack in the country in decades.

"The government of Malaysia strongly condemns the attack on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo on Jan 7.

"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 has said, we must fight extremism with moderation, cross-cultural understanding and respect," said the statement.

On Wednesday, three gunmen stormed the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, a weekly known for lampooning Islam and other religions.

An editor-in-chief and three cartoonists were among the victims killed in the attack.