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Key Plotter in USS Cole Attack Killed in US Drone Strike

Key Plotter in USS Cole Attack Killed in US Drone Strike

"A leading local commander of al-Qaida group named Jamal Badawi was killed by the US drone strike carried out in al-Bayda Province", the security source said on condition of anonymity.

Al-Badawi has been picked up by Yemeni authorities multiple times since the bombing; however, he has repeatedly managed to escape justice.

A terrorist thought to be a mastermind in the planning of the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000 was reportedly killed by an airstrike in Yemen earlier this week.

The results of the New Year's day attack are still being assessed, including whether Jamal Al-badawi was killed.

A defense official told VOA that the USA was waiting for the results of a DNA test before formally declaring al-Badawi deceased.

A USA airstrike in western Yemen may have killed one of the men suspected of coordinating a terror bombing on the USS Cole in 2000 that killed 17 US sailors, Defense officials said Friday.

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He was hit while driving alone in a vehicle and no collateral damage was reported, the official added. Docked in Aden for a routine refueling stop, the guided-missile destroyer was approached by a small boat loaded with explosives, which was then detonated.

The militant, said to be an al-Qaeda commander, was on the FBI's most wanted list over the attack on the warship.

Al-Badawi was on the FBI's list of most wanted terrorists after he helped orchestrate the attack on the US Navy guided missile destroyer on October 12, 2000.

Al-Badawi was charged with 50 counts of terrorism-related offenses, including murder of US nationals and murder of USA military personnel.

Al-Badawi's death in Tuesday's airstrike was also confirmed by Voice of America, citing a defense official. He was recaptured in March 2004 but escaped Yemeni custody again in February 2006.