Obama: 'These Kind of Attacks Can Happen Anywhere in the World'

By Terence P. Jeffrey | January 7, 2015 | 1:32 PM EST

President Obama, flanked by Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Adviser Susan Rice, makes a statement about the terrorist attack in Paris. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(CNSNews.com) - In a statement made in the Oval Office this afternoon, President Barack Obama said the type of attack that terrorists carried out today at a satirical publication's Paris office can happen anywhere in the world.

In listing potential locales for such attacks, however, the president mentioned the threat to "Americans living in Europe and in the Middle East and other parts of the world" but did not specifically mention the United States.

"I think it's going to be important for us to make sure that we recognize these kinds of attacks can happen anywhere in the world," Obama said. "And one of the things I'll be discussing with Secretary [of State John] Kerry today is to make sure that we remain vigilant not just with respect to Americans living in Paris, but Americans living in Europe and in the Middle East and other parts of the world, and making sure that we stay vigilant in trying to protect them, and to hunt down and bring the perpetrators of this specific act to justice, and to roll up the networks that help to advance these kinds of plots."

On Wednesday, two men wearing black hoods over their heads and carrying Kalishnikov rifles entered the offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper in Paris and murdered twelve people, including four cartoonists. They terrorists also wounded eleven people in the attack.

The newspaper had published cartoons critical of the Prophet Mohammad. The terrorists shouted the Arabic phrase "Allahu akbar"--"God is greatest"--as they murdered their victims. In the Islamic world, a "muezzin" climbs into the minaret of a mosque, or gets on a loudspeaker, and calls out this phrase five times a day as part of the Islamic call to prayer.


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