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Military Kills Leader of USS Cole Terror Attack, Trump Says

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A USA military spokesman confirms that an American airstrike killed an al-Qaida operative accused of involvement in the attack almost two decades ago on the USS Cole that killed 17 sailors.

Seventeen US sailors died and at least 40 people were wounded in the October 2000 attack, in which suicide bombers nearly sank the guided missile destroyer while it lay in Aden harbour.

President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday morning that the airstrike killed al-Badawi. "Our work against al-Qaeda continues", tweeted Trump. "We will never stop in our fight against Radical Islamic Terrorism!"

Seventeen US sailors were killed and at least 40 people were wounded in the attack which happened as the destroyer was refuelling in the port of Aden.

Navy Captain William Urban, a spokesman for US Central Command, said at the weekend that military leaders were assessing the results of the airstrike, AP reported.

The chief suspect in the attack, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, is being held in the U.S. detention camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He was recaptured in March 2004 and sentenced to death later that year but broke free again in February 2006. In addition to his role in the bombing, he has been charged with attempting to attack a U.S. Navy vessel in January 2000.

A federal grand jury indicted Badawi on 50 counts in 2003 for the bombing in which a one of a group of small boats from Yemen's pulled up along the Cole and apparently detonated a "significant" explosive package.

There is a $5 million reward for information leading to his arrest. "Jamal al-Badawi was an al Qaeda operative involved in the USS Cole bombing".

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