Attacker in France may be linked to underwear bomber

Ursula Watson
The Detroit News

One of the al-Qaida-linked suspects involved in the Wednesday attack of the Paris offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine, which left 12 dead, may have connections to the so-called underwear bomber, who sought to bring down a plane over Detroit in 2009.

The connection has not been confirmed by officials but a Yemeni journalist and researcher, Mohammed al-Kibsi, told CNN that he had met with Said Kouachi in Yemen in 2011 and 2012.

Two brothers Cherif Kouachi, 32, and Said Kouachi, 34, were shot dead by police Friday.

According to al-Kibsi, Said Kouachi, was studying Arabic grammar, and underwear bomber Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab were roommates for one to two weeks in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa.

The CNN report states that investigators in France and the U.S. have been looking for signs linking the brothers to terror networks such as al-Qaida affiliates in Yemen or ISIS.

Abdulmutallab is serving a life sentence at the Supermax federal prison in Colorado for trying to blow up an airplane over Metro Detroit on Christmas Day 2009 with an underwear bomb.

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