Having managed to flee a Yemeni prison before being released following his surrender, convicted Al-Qaeda member and USS ‘Cole’ bombing suspect Jamal al-Badawi has been killed by the US military, US President Donald Trump has said.
Trump celebrated Badawi’s death on his Twitter account, calling the military “great” for carrying out the operation.
Our GREAT MILITARY has delivered justice for the heroes lost and wounded in the cowardly attack on the USS Cole. We have just killed the leader of that attack, Jamal al-Badawi. Our work against al Qaeda continues. We will never stop in our fight against Radical Islamic Terrorism!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2019
Badawi, who was on the FBI most wanted list over his involvement in the bombing of the USS ‘Cole’ warship when it was refueling in the Yemeni port of Aden in October 2000, has been called the plot’s “mastermind” by some US media, including Fox News. Trump described the Al-Qaeda member “the leader” of the attack.
Despite the US leader saying that the man was “just killed,” reports of a drone strike against Badawi emerged a few days ago. A “precision strike” on the terrorist took place on Tuesday to the east of the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, a US official told reporters. Reports in the Arab media then said he was killed in the strike.
On October 12, 2000, two Yemeni suicide attackers rammed the American destroyer in a small explosive-laden boat, killing 17 US sailors and injuring 40 other people.
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