CNN reports the terrorist behind the 2000 attack on the USS Cole is believed to have been killed in a US airstrike in Yemen on Tuesday, according to a US administration official.
Jamel Ahmed Mohammed Ali Al-Badawi was an al Qaeda operative who the US believes helped orchestrate the October 12, 2000, attack on the USS Cole that killed 17 American sailors.
Two Washington County men were sailors killed in the attack. Craig Bryan Wibberly, 19, was a Seaman Apprentice from Williamsport. Patrick Roy, a Fireman Apprentice on the USS Cole was from Keedysville.
The official said all intelligence indicators show al-Badawi was killed in a strike in Yemen as a result of a joint US military and intelligence operation.
US officials told CNN that the strike took place in Yemen’s Ma’rib Governorate.
We covered the two Washington County men on the 10th anniversary of the attack, which you can read here.
Read more from CNN on the death of the al Qaeda operative here.