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US missiles kill al-Qaeda member wanted for USS Cole attack
Oct 4, 2010, 21:52 GMT
Islamabad - A key al-Qaeda member wanted for the 2000 bombing of a US Navy destroyer in Yemen was killed in a US missile attack in Pakistan, intelligence officials said Monday.
The US attack took place on September 8 in North Waziristan, Pakistan's tribal region along the Afghan border, and four suspected militants were killed.
Among them was Fahd Mohammad Ahmed al-Quso, a Yemeni with a 5- million-dollar bounty for his alleged involvement in the October 12, 2000, bombing of the USS Cole in Aden in which 17 American sailors died.
'Three missiles hit the car in which the militants were traveling in Anbar Shaga area of Data Khel area of North Waziristan on September 8 at around 1 pm,' said a local intelligence official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Quso, believed to be about 46 years, escaped from a Yemeni prison in April 2003 and is on the most-wanted terrorist list of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The second alleged al-Qaeda member killed was identified as Younas Moritani. According to Pakistani intelligence, he was wanted by US law enforcement for targeting Washington's interests in many countries and killings US nationals.
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