Al-Qaeda calls for assassination of US business figures


Al-Qaeda called for lone wolf-style attacks on several prominent U.S. business and economic figures on Wednesday.

The terror group did so in the latest issue of Inspire, its in-house, English-language magazine, the same magazine that reportedly inspired Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, to conduct the deadly attack at the 2013 Boston Marathon.

The magazine named at least five prominent American businessmen and two well-known economic figures.

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"The assassination of these economic personalities or their migration from America or the mere fact that they live in insecurity, will later on bring instability to the American economy," according to the magazine report.

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The magazine's latest issue started making the rounds on social media early in the afternoon and included a "military analysis" on the Paris-based magazine Charlie Hebdo, which was attacked in January. Inspire was first published in 2010.

The FBI did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment, but a senior U.S. official told NBC News that, in the past several months, al-Qaeda and rival terror group ISIS have been trying "to steal each other's M.O.," and, because of this, al-Qaeda has been pushing more lone wolf attacks.