Al-Qaida of the Arabian Peninsula released a video Friday night with senior leader Harith al Nadhari praising the massacre at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that left 12 dead on Wednesday.
One of the two brothers responsible for the massacre said he received financing by al-Qaida preacher 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 BFM-TV before his death while holed up inside the building.
"I was sent, me, Cherif Kouachi, by al-Qaida 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-Qaida, was killed in September 2011 in a drone strike.
A senior Yemeni intelligence source earlier told Reuters that Kouachi's brother Said had also met al Awlaki during a stay in Yemen in 2011.