USS Cole bombing fugitive killed in Yemen airstrike

Posted May 07, 2012, at 10:48 a.m.

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 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 in February.

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