USS Cole bombing fugitive killed in Yemen airstrike

By PETER VOSKAMP | Deutsche Presse-Agentur | Published: May 7, 2012

WASHINGTON - A fugitive indicted in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole was killed Sunday by an airstrike in Yemen, the Yemeni Embassy in Washington confirmed.

Fahd al-Quso, 37, considered a leading figure in al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, was killed while driving in a car in the Rafth district in the eastern Yemeni province of Shabwa.

The FBI had offered a $5 million-dollar reward for information leading to the capture of al-Quso for his alleged role in the October 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, which killed 17 US sailors off Aden, Yemen.

The killing is seen by some observers as a sign of renewed anti-terrorism cooperation between the U.S. and Yemen under new Yemeni President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who took power February.

This file photo released by the FBI on May 15, 2003, shows Fahd al-Quso, charged as an al-Qaida member who helped to plan the attack on the USS Cole that killed 17 American sailors in 2000. Yemeni officials say an airstrike has killed a top al-Qaida leader who was wanted in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole. Local official Abu Bakr bin Farid said Fahd al-Quso was killed May 6, 2012, along with an aide in an airstrike in the southern Shabwa province.


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