One of the two brothers who killed 12 in a massacre at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo last week said he received financing from Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula Imam and leader Anwar al Awlaki in Yemen.
Cherif Kouachi, who was killed along with his older brother by police on Friday after a siege at a printing works in north France following a three-day manhunt, made the assertion to France’s BFM-TV before his death while holed up inside the building.
“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 told BFM-TV by telephone, according to a recording aired by the television channel after the siege was over.
Al Awlaki, an influential international recruiter for Al Qaeda who was born in New Mexico and served as Imam at US mosques in San Diego, Denver and northern Virginia, was killed in September 2011 in a drone strike.