A year after two gunmen stormed into the Paris office of satire magazine Charlie Hebdo, the anniversary edition of the French magazine will feature a 'God' with a Kalashnikov on its cover. The magazine will publish one million copies of the special anniversary edition.
On 7 January, 2015, two Muslim brothers, Cherif and Said Kouachi, walked into the Charlie Hebdo office in Paris heavily armed, gunning down 12 people, including the editor of the French satirical magazine, Stephane Charbonnier.
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed responsibility for the attack. The terror group had put the Charlie Hebdo editor on its hitlist for the magazine's cartoons deemed insulting to Islam.
On Wednesday, the cover of the special edition of the French satirical will read as - "One year on: The assassin is still out there", and will portray a bearded man with a Kalashnikov rifle on his shoulder, according to AFP.
It will also feature the cartoons made by five staff members who had been killed in the attack.
Days after the 7 January attack, the magazine had released a special 'Survivor's Edition', which defiantly featured Prophet Mohammed on the cover, holding a poster that reads – 'Je Suis Charlie'.
The controversial cover had evoked mixed reactions. READ: Charlie Hebdo Cover of Prophet with 'Je Suis Charlie' Sign Evokes Mixed Reactions.
Several ceremonies are expected to be held in France on the anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo attacks, and there will be strong security at official and religious sites, Reuters reported.
French President Francois Hollande will preside at an event on 10 January to commemorate the attack.