French channel interviews Kouachi brothers, market gunman during sieges

French news channel BFMTV says it interviewed the Kouachi brothers and Amedy Coulibaly during the two separate sieges today in and around Paris.

Cherif Kouachi, one of the killers in the Charlie Hebdo massacre, confirmed to the news channel that he was his brother carried out the attack on behalf of al-Qaeda in Yemen. “We are the defenders of the prophet [Muhammad],” he reportedly said.

The channel says its reporter spoke to Kouachi by accident, calling the printing business where the brothers were holed up with a hostage, hoping to speak to a witness.

Coulibaly, the channel says, contacted them shortly after taking control of the grocery store to say that he was coordinating with the Kouachi brothers.

“They [did] Charlie Hebdo, I [did] the police,” he reportedly said. Coulibaly killed a policewoman in Montrouge on Thursday, police say.