Breaking: French Terrorist Cherif Kouachi Trained With Al-Qaeda in Yemen
Police identified the Charlie Hebdo Islamic killers as brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi and Hamyd Mourad.
The terrorists slaughtered 12 people Tuesday in Paris.
Hamyd Mourad reportedly turned himself in Wednesday afternoon.
The brothers were spotted in Aisne, France Thursday. The brothers robbed the AVIA station in Aisne and were carrying weapons. The brothers were hooded and carried Kalashnikovs.
French authorities said the older brother trained in Yemen with Al-Qaeda.
A U.S. official says the United States was given information from the French intelligence agency that Said Kouachi traveled to Yemen as late as 2011 on behalf of the al Qaeda affiliate there. Once in Yemen, the older brother of the two received a variety of weapons training from al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) — the affiliate in Yemen — the official said, including on how to fire weapons. It is also possible Said was trained in bomb making, a common jihadist training in Yemen. Two other U.S. officials confirmed that information about the Yemeni travel was passed to the U.S. from French intelligence agencies.
In addition, French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an interview broadcast on CNN International that one of the brothers traveled to Yemen in 2005. Taubira would not say which brother.
All the U.S. officials strongly emphasized the U.S. assessments are preliminary and a great deal of information about the suspect’s travel still needs to be confirmed.
The two Islamist brothers murdered twelve yesterday in Paris including one Muslim police officer on the street.