Tony Abbott: Paris atrocity a 'barbaric act'
AUSTRALIAN Prime MInister Tony Abbott has joined international condemnation of an attack of Islamic extremists on a Parisian magazine, killing at least 12.
The Prime Minister's office released a statement this morning, after gunmen stormed the headquarters of French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing journalists and cartoonists.
"The government condemns the atrocity in Paris overnight," Mr Abbott said.
"The thoughts of all Australians are witht he families of those who have lost their lives in this barbaric act."
Mr Abbott reminded the country that our own National Terrorism Alert level remains at "High", which means a terrorist attack is "likely".
Other world leaders including US President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron have also come out in support of France and in condemnation of those who would attack the nation's free speech.
The notoriously provocative magazine is known for its cartooning
In 2012, France shut down its embassies and diplomatic buildings in 20 Muslim countries after Charlie Hedbo published cartoons mocking the Prophet Muhammad, fearing it could provoke a violent backlash.
During this attack, witnesses told of hearing the gunmen shout, "We have avenged the Prophet Muhammad" and "God is Great" in Arabic ("Allahu Akbar").