YR 1.5 million for information on Cole bomb suspects [Archives:2003/633/Local News]

April 27 2003

The Yemeni government declared in an advertisement published in a newspaper Thursday that it is offering a reward of YR 1.5 million for information leading to the arrest of 10 fugitives wanted for their involvement in the bombing of the USS Cole in October 2000.
The fugitives are al-Qaeda suspects who fled their prison in Aden on April 11, embarrassing the Yemeni government and setting back the investigation of the suicide attack. Seventeen American sailors were killed when a small boat laden with explosives was detonated alongside the Cole as it refueled in Aden port.
The Yemeni government had suspended three Aden police officers responsible for security at the prison and questioned them about the escape of the 10 suspects.