Washington: A US military spokesman has confirmed that an al-Qaida operative accused of being involved in an attack on the USS Cole, was killed in an an American airstrike.
The man targeted, Jamal al-Badawi, was wanted for his role in the attack that occurred on Oct 12, 2000 and killed 17 sailors.
The spokesman for US Central Command, Navy Capt William Urban, says the military has confirmed through "a deliberate assessment process" that al-Badawi was killed on Jan 1 in the strike east of Sanaa, the Yemeni capital.
President Donald Trump tweets that "Our GREAT MILITARY has delivered justice for the heroes lost and wounded in the cowardly attack on the USS Cole."
The Cole was attacked by suicide bombers in an explosives-laden boat while refuelling at the Yemeni port of Aden.