USS Cole Bombed October 2000 CREDIT US Marine Corps.jpg
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US Airstrike Kills Militant Accused Of USS Cole Attack

Seventeen sailors were killed in the year 2000 after a boat filled with explosives rammed into the US Navy warship.

USS Cole Bombed October 2000 CREDIT US Marine Corps.jpg

The USS Cole pictured after the attack (Picture: US Marine Corps).

An al-Qaeda operative accused of taking part in an attack on the USS Cole in 2000 has been killed in a US airstrike, the American military has said.

The man targeted, Jamal al-Badawi, was wanted for his role in the attack on October 12 2000.

A total of 17 American sailors died and 40 were wounded when two Yemeni suicide bombers drove a small boat filled with explosives into the warship while the Cole was refuelling near Aden.

The FBI was offering a $5 million reward for information leading to al-Badawi's capture.

In 2003, he was being held by Yemeni authorities in connection with the 2000 attack when he escaped from prison.

The following year he was recaptured before again escaping custody.

President Trump tweeted on Sunday that America’s mililtary had "delivered justice for the heroes lost"and that the US "will never stop" fighting "Islamic terrorism".

A spokesperson for US Central Command said the military confirmed through "a deliberate assessment process" that al-Badawi was killed on January 1 at a location east of Yemen’s capital, Sanaa.