The Address | Benghazi – Libya
WASHINGTON – Jamal al-Badawi, the al-Qaeda militant behind the attack on the USS Cole in Yemen in 2000, died in a US air strike, American President Donald Trump has confirmed.
“Our great military has delivered justice for the heroes lost and wounded in the cowardly attack on the USS Cole,” Trump tweeted.
US defense officials said a “precision strike” was carried out on Tuesday east of the Yemeni capital, Sanaa.
He was convicted of plotting and taking part in the bombing in Yemen in 2004 but escaped from prison in Yemen and, after handing himself in again, was allowed to walk free. A US grand jury indicted him in 2003 for his role in the bombing, and the FBI offered a reward of up to $5m (£4m) for information leading to his arrest.
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