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Paris gunman told Yemeni he lived with 'underwear bomber'

Yemeni interviewed Paris gunman in 2010, says he claimed to have lived with 'underwear bomber'

Paris gunman told Yemeni he lived with 'underwear bomber'

CAIRO (AP) -- A Yemeni reporter says he met in 2010 one of the gunmen responsible for last week's massacre at a French newspaper, saying that the man claimed to have lived with the Nigerian who tried to carry out the failed al-Qaida "underwear bomb" plot five years ago.

Yemeni journalist and researcher Mohammed al-Kibsi said he first met Said Kouachi in the capital, Sanaa, while the gunman was studying Arabic.

Al-Kibsi told The Associated Press on Monday: "He was very polite and had a sense of humor so for me I could not expect that a few years later he would be the suspect of a terror attack."

The journalist said that Kouachi said that he had lived with Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, convicted of trying to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner.


Updated : 2021-09-21 11:29 GMT+08:00