The US military destroyed Yemen’s terrorist Jamal Ahmed Mohammed Ali al-Badawi, US President Donald Trump said on Twitter.
“Our work against al-Qaida continues. We will never stop in our fight against radical Islamic terrorism! ”Wrote the head of state.
CNN , citing US Navy captain Bill Urban, reports that al-Badawi died on January 1 as a result of an air strike in Marib province in Yemen. In Washington, they say that during the operation a terrorist was driving in a car alone.
Al-Badawi, considered one of the main organizers of the attack on the Cole destroyer (USS Cole) in the port of Aden in 2000, was among the most wanted terrorists according to the FBI . For information that would have contributed to his arrest, a reward of five million dollars was promised.
In 2004, a terrorist was sentenced to death in Yemen, and later replaced with a life sentence. Several times he managed to escape from prison, and as a result, in 2007 he was released in exchange for a promise to maintain loyalty to local authorities. Since then, the United States sought him out.
Cole was attacked by two suicide bombers who drove a power boat loaded with explosives. As a result of the blast killed 17 American sailors, another 39 were injured. The destroyer received a hole in the hull, it was repaired and re-commissioned.