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French TV: One Terrorist Said He Was Sent by Al Qaeda, One Said He Was With Islamic State

French police officers storm a kosher grocery to end a hostage situation, Paris, Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. Explosions and gunshots were heard as police forces stormed a kosher grocery in Paris where a gunman was holding at least five people hostage. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

PARIS (AP) -- A French news network says it spoke directly with two of the terrorists who held hostages at separate locations in Paris Friday, and says one of them claimed allegiance to al-Qaida in Yemen and the other to the Islamic State group.

BFM television quoted Cherif Kouachi as saying he was financed and dispatched by al-Qaida in Yemen. It said it spoke with him as he was cornered near Charles de Gaulle airport together his brother. The two, who were later killed, are suspected of the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

The network said it also spoke with Amedy Coulibaly, who held hostages at a kosher grocery in eastern Paris. It quoted Coulibaly as saying the men were coordinating and that he was with the Islamic State. The organizations are normally rivals.

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