Charlie Hebdo attack was funded by Al-Qaeda in Yemen

Published January 10th, 2015 - 05:00 GMT
Anwar al-Awlaki, a prominent al-Qaeda recruiter and preacher in Yemen, was killed in a drone strike in September 2011. (AFP/File)
Anwar al-Awlaki, a prominent al-Qaeda recruiter and preacher in Yemen, was killed in a drone strike in September 2011. (AFP/File)

Cherif Kouachi, one of the two Charlie Hebdo gunmen, claimed Wednesday's attack was funded by al-Qaeda of Yemen, reported Reuters. Kouachi and his older brother killed 12 people in the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical magazine.

Three days after the attack, French security forces surrounded and killed the brothers who were holding a hostage at a printing works northeast of Paris. Prior to his death, Kouachi told BFM-TV he received funding from Anwar al Awlaki, a well known al-Qaeda international recruiter and preacher who was killed in a 2011 drone strike.

"I was sent, me, Cherif Kouachi, by Al Qaeda of Yemen. I went over there and it was Anwar al-Awlaki who financed me," he said by telephone. 

Said Kouachi, the other attacker, allegedly met with al-Awlaki in Yemen as well, according to a Yemen security official. 

Al-Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula has since praised the attack. A member called the attack "revenge for the honor" of the Prophet.

The kosher supermarket hostage takerAmedy Coulibaly, asserted he and the Kouachi brothers coordinated the attacks. Coulibaly was a member of Daesh, and all three attackers were members of the same Paris Islamist group.


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