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Trump confirms death of terrorist responsible for USS Cole attack

Trump confirms death of terrorist responsible for USS Cole attack

An al-Qaida militant accused of masterminding the deadly suicide-bombing attack on the USS Cole naval destroyer in 2000 has been killed in an airstrike, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday.

Defense officials including U.S. Central Command spokesman Navy Capt. William Urban originally identified Badawi as a person likely killed in the airstrike, which took place about 75 miles east of the capital of Sanaa on Friday.

The USS Cole had been refueling in the port in Yemen when al Qaeda terrorists in a small boat loaded with bombs barreled their way across the harbor and directly into the destroyer.

A U.S. grand jury indicted him in 2003 for his role in the bombing, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation offered a reward of up to $5m (£4m) for information leading to his arrest. Our work against [al-Qaida] continues. Trump wrote on Twitter on January 6 that al-Badawi was killed. "We will never stop in our fight against Radical Islamic Terrorism!", he said. "We have just killed the leader of that attack, Jamal al-Badawi", Trump said in the tweet. He was recaptured in March 2004 and sentenced to death later that year but broke free again in February 2006.

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According to the agency, he was captured by Yemeni authorities in connection with the attack but escaped from prison in April 2003.

Jamel Ahmed Mohammed Ali al-Badawi was convicted of plotting the USS Cole attack that left 17 US sailors dead and more than 39 wounded.

In 2007, al-Badawi surrendered to Yemeni authorities as part of a deal with the al-Qaeda terrorist group. 6, 2019, that the U.S. military has killed one of the architects of the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole that left 17 American servicemen dead.