People and media gather on January 9, 2015 outside the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices in Paris for the victims of the January 7 massacre at the weekly, which left 12 dead. AFP PHOTO/JACQUES DEMARTHON
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Somalia's Al-Shabab militants, Al-Qaeda's main affiliate in Africa, Friday praised the massacre at the Charlie Hebdo satirical weekly in Paris as a "heroic" act.Al-Shabab, who control large areas of rural Somalia, are reported to have close links with Al-Qaeda fighters in neighboring Yemen, where one of the two brothers suspected of carrying out the attack is believed to have trained.The group were finally driven from fixed positions in Mogadishu in 2011, and have lost several strongholds in the south and center of the country in a recent offensive by the African Union's AMISOM force, which is fighting in support of Somalia's internationally-backed government.
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