Al Qaeda in Yemen vows to step up attacks

Al Qaeda claims it was responsible for the shooting of 12 people at the Charlie Hebdo magazine.

The suspects in the Charlie Hebdo shooting, Picture: Supplied/EWN.

PRETORIA - Al Qaeda has vowed to step up attacks following the bloody ending to the two hostage crises, which left three of their French followers dead yesterday.

French police are still searching for a female suspect linked to the gunmen accused of carrying out the Paris terror attacks.

Two brothers suspected in the attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, and a third man accused of killing a policewoman, were shot dead by police after taking hostages in separate incidents in and near Paris.

A statement sent to several media outlets by Al-Qaeda in Yemen claims the terrorist group is responsible for the shooting the 12 people at the Charlie Hebdo magazine which it calls revenge for the honour of Prophet Muhammad.

The alleged perpetrators of this act are Said and Cherif Kouachi who claimed allegiance to the group and died in a hail of police bullets on the outskirts of Paris yesterday.

Also in the capital police killed Amedy Koulibaly who'd taken hostages in a Jewish grocer demanding the release of the Kouachis. The siege ended with the deaths of four hostages.

His partner Hyatt Boumedienne is still at large.

With one of the gunmen saying shortly before his death that he was funded by al Qaeda, President Francois Hollande warned that the danger to France - home to the European Union's biggest communities of both Muslims and Jews - was not over yet.

Meanwhile, a crowd has gathered at Zoo Lake in Johannesburg to demonstrate against the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

Over 100 people have pledged their support for the people of France.

Young and old are holding up placards and some are carrying the French flag. They have condemned the killing of innocent people in that country.

"I feel shocked and sad and far away from my country"

Another said, "We are here today because freedom of speech is the most important thing that we have achieved over the last few decades."

A moment of silence was also taken in honour of those who have lost their lives.