The al Qaeda operative who has been on the run since he helped orchestrate the terrorist attack on the USS Cole in 2000 has finally been killed, according to reports.

Jamel Ahmed Mohammed Ali Al-Badawi has eluded the US military and US intelligence for years, even escaping prison in Yemen in April of 2003 and again through a tunnel in 2004.

Today, an 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,” according to CNN.

Al-Badawi, who was on the FBI’s list of most wanted terrorist list, was apparently blown up by a US airstrike while he was driving in a car by himself in Yemen’s Ma’rib Governorate.

The attack on the USS Cole was conducted by suicide bombers in a small boat loaded with explosives while in port in Aden, Yemen, for refueling. The attack killed 17 US sailors and wounded 39.

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