Two Cole blast suspects arrested [Archives:2003/675/Front Page]

October 9 2003

Sana'a (Reuters, Oct 7) – Yemeni security forces have detained two al-Qaeda suspects, including one accused of involvement in an attack on the U.S. warship USS Cole who had escaped from jail earlier this year, a security official said on Tuesday.
The official said security forces were still looking for eight other al Qaeda suspects who broke out with the two men from a prison in the southern port city of Aden in April.
He declined to say whether Jamal al-Badawi, a chief suspect in the October 2000 attack, was one of the two men detained. The bombing of the warship YSS Cole in Aden port killed 17 U.S. sailors.
Yemeni officials had promised a “generous reward” for information leading to the arrest of the 10.
It has cooperated closely with the United States in its “war against terror” after the September 11 attacks on U.S. cities in 2001 by arresting scores of suspected al Qaeda sympathizers.