The Malaysian government strongly condemned the attack on the French satirical weekly, Charlie Hebdo, yesterday, said the Foreign Ministry in a statement today.
"Nothing justifies taking innocent lives. Malaysia is united with the families of the victims, the government of France, and the French people.

"As the Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Najib Razak) has said, we must fight extremism with moderation, cross cultural understanding and respect," said the statement.

Meanwhile, Najib in his official blog said that Malaysia condemned in the strongest terms all acts of violence.

"We stand in unity with the French people. We must fight extremism with moderation," he said.

Three masked gunmen opened fire at the Charlie Hebdo office yesterday in Paris and killed 12 people and left several others critically wounded.