USS Cole bomber Jamal al-Badawi died in Yemen air strike

Yemeni Jamal al-Badawi

Yemeni Jamal al-Badawi

Jamal al-Badawi, the Al Qaeda operative tied to the deadly 2000 attack on USS Cole, was killed during a USA airstrike in Yemen, President Trump announced Sunday.

Mr Badawi was believed killed but that could not be confirmed at the time.

Jamel Ahmed Mohammed Ali Al-Badawi was the al Qaeda operative who the United States believes was responsible for the October 2000 attack on the USA missile destroyer, which resulted in the deaths of 17 American sailors and left at least 40 injured.

An official said on Friday that intelligence indicated that al Badawi was killed in a strike in Yemen as a result of a joint United States military and intelligence operation but it was not confirmed.

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The attack's alleged planner, Saudi-born Abd al-Nashiri, is being held in U.S. custody at Guantanamo Bay and could face the death penalty. "Our work against al-Qaeda continues", tweeted Trump. According to reports he had later turned himself in to authorities in Yemen and was allowed to walk out of prison a free man shortly after.

"Jamal al-Badawi was indicted by a federal grand jury in 2003, charged with 50 counts of various terrorism offenses, including murder of USA nationals and murder of US military personnel", the statement said. "We will never stop in our fight against Radical Islamic Terrorism!"

On October 12, 2000 two Yemeni suicide bombers rammed the ship in a small boat packed with up to 225kg (500lb) of high explosives, leaving a gaping hole in the side of the warship. He was recaptured in March 2004, but again escaped in February 2006.

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