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To Corky Siemaszko
One of the alleged architects of the fatal terrorist bomb attack on the USS Cole in 2000 may have been killed by a US air strike, the Pentagon said Friday
"We know from reports that Jamel al-Badawi was killed in a strike in Yemen," US Supreme Command spokesman Bill Urban told NBC News.
The officials were still trying to confirm whether the Qaida militant had been hit by a precision strike on New Year's Day in the Marib government in Yemen.
The bombing of the USS Cole in a Yemen port took place approximately eleven months before the attacks of the World Trade Center on September 1
The then President Bill Clinton vowed to avenge the Americans. "Among those who attacked them, we say," They will not find a safe haven, "he said, and Al-Badawi was captured by Yemen two months later and was in one of their prisons when Osama bin Laden's forces marched on September 11 attacks a year later.
However, Al-Badawi escaped in 2003, and was charged by a state grand jury the same year with charges of terrorism, including murders of US citizens and Americans Citizens accused of military personnel.
The Yemenis took him back a year later, but two years later Al-Badawi fled again with a group of prisoners who had taken a tunnel from the prison to a nearby mosque.
It is believed that he is between 55 and 58 years old and a Yemeni citizen, al-Badawi has always been on the run According to the list of the most wanted terrorists The Department of Justice offers up to $ 5 million for information that led to his arrest.
Meanwhile, another suspected plotter of the Cole attack, a Saudi named Abd al Rahim al Nashiri, remains imprisoned in Guantánamo Bay. He was arrested in Dubai in 2002 and allegedly tortured at CIA "black spots" in Afghanistan, Poland, Romania and other countries.