Anonymous to 'avenge' Charlie Hebdo victims

A screenshot from the Anonymous video posted online. Photo: YouTube.

Online hacktivist group Anonymous has declared ‘war’ on terrorists in response to the massacre at the office of the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris.

Twelve people were killed when two gunmen stormed the offices of the satirical magazine and opened fire.

The two brothers suspected over the attack were later shot dead by police during a siege at a printing plant.

The Belgian branch of Anonymous has posted a YouTube video about its new campaign called #OpCharlieHedbo.

In the video, a person wearing Anonymous’ trademark Guy Fawkes mask and speaking French with an obscured voice, refers to Al-Qaeda and Islamic State specifically, saying the group had decided to ‘declare war on you, the terrorists’, The Mirror reports.

"We will track you down to the last one and will kill you,” the person in the video says.

"You allowed yourselves to kill innocent people, we will therefore avenge their deaths."

The person says hacktivists from around the world will track down all jihadist activities online and close down all of their social media accounts.

"You will not impose your sharia law in our democracies, we will not let your stupidity kill our liberties and our freedom of expression,” the masked spokesperson says.

“We have warned you; expect your destruction, we will track you everywhere on the planet, nowhere will you be safe."

The video then ends with the usual Anonymous tagline.

“We are Anonymous. We are legion. We do not forget. We do not forgive. Be afraid of us, Islamic State and Al Qaeda - you will get our vengeance."

Another video has also been posted to YouTube in English, but with a digital voice and digital image of the Guy Fawkes mask.

It carries the same message as the French version of the video.

“We will track them all the way we are fighting in memory of those innocent people who fought for freedom of expression,” the voice in the video says.

Morning news break – January 10