An al-Qaeda leader, convicted in Yemen for involvement in attacking the USS Cole in 2000, was killed in an air strike in that country, the state al-Gomhoriah paper reported in its SMS mobile news service
Fahd al-Quso, 37, and another man were killed yesterday in a mountainous region in the southeastern province of Shabwa, according to al-Gomhoriah. Al-Quso was hit by a missile as he stepped out of his vehicle, along with another al-Qaeda operative, the Associated Press reported, citing unidentified Yemeni military officials.
Al-Quso is on the U.S. list of “most wanted terrorists” for conspiracy to murder Americans. He was indicted on 50 terrorism charges by a federal grand jury in Manhattan in 2003 for participating in the attack on the USS Cole that killed 17 American sailors while the destroyer was refueling in Yemen’s port of Aden.
The airstrike resembled earlier U.S. drone attacks, though the U.S. didn’t immediately confirm it, according to the Associated Press.
Al-Quso was convicted by a Yemeni court for his role in the Cole attack. He served more than five years in a Yemeni prison, the Associated Press reported.
The Cole was set to take on fuel in Aden en route to the Persian Gulf when a small craft offering to assist with mooring lines moved alongside the warship and exploded. The blast ripped into an engine room of the vessel, one of the Navy’s most advanced warships.
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