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Prison Break Springs U.S.S. Cole Bombing Mastermind

Feb 07, 20061 min
CSO and CISOData and Information Security

Jamal al-Badawi, the Al Qaeda fighter who caught a death sentence for his role in plotting the fatal 2000 bombing of the U.S.S. Cole, has escaped from a Yemen prison, the Associated Press (AP) reports.

Interpol issued a global security alert on Sunday.

Last week, a group of inmates escaped the prison with al-Badawi among them.

Checkpoints were set up around the capital of San’a, the location of the prison, with the intent of capturing as many of the escaped convicts as possible before they could attain the protection of the surrounding mountain tribes, the AP reports.

The Yemeni government refused to comment on Sunday.

Al-Badawi was sentenced to death in September of 2004, for plotting the U.S.S. Cole attack that killed 17 U.S. Navy sailors.  Two suicide bombers detonated a boat packed with explosives next to the Cole as it was refueling in an Yemeni port.

According to Interpol, more than half of the 23 escapees are convicted Al Qaeda fighters, the AP reports.

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