Exclusive: Paris attack suspect met late al Qaeda preacher in Yemen - senior intel source

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 09, 2015 4:24 AM

SANAA (Reuters) - One of two brothers suspected of carrying out the deadly shooting at a French satirical weekly visited Yemen in 2011 and met the late al Qaeda preacher Anwar al Awlaki during his stay, a senior Yemeni intelligence source told Reuters on Friday.

The source said Said Kouachi, was in Yemen for a number of months in 2011 as one of the foreigners who entered the country for religious studies, but there was no confirmed information whether he was trained by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), one of the group's most active affiliates.

(Reporting by Mohammed Ghobari; Writing by Rania El Gamal; Editing by Alison Williams)