A terrorist behind the attack on the USS Cole has been killed in an airstrike, Donald Trump has confirmed.
The man targeted, Jamal al-Badawi, is wanted in the United States for his role in the Cole attack on October 12, 2000.
An Al Qaeda terrorist directly involved in the deadly attack on the USS Cole, was killed during a US airstrike in Yemen, President Trump announced on Twitter Sunday. "Our work against al-Qaeda continues", tweeted Trump.
The blast left a gaping hole in the vessel's hull and wounded more than three dozen others. He was indicted by a USA grand jury in 2003 and charged with 50 counts of various terrorism offenses, including murder of US nationals and murder of USA military personnel.
Jamel Ahmed Mohammed Ali al Badawi was an al Qaeda operative who the U.S. believes helped orchestrate the October 12, 2000, attack on the destroyer.
Seventeen American sailors died in the bombing, which came when two suicide attackers in a small boat detonated explosives as the Navy destroyer was refueling in Yemen's Aden harbor. "We will never stop in our fight against Radical Islamic Terrorism!"
Navy spokesman Capt. William Urban said last Friday that an airstrike targeting Badawi was carried out last Tuesday in Yemen.
USA investigators say al-Badawi had previously confessed to his role in the attack.
Badawi was captured by Yemeni authorities but escaped from prison in April 2003.