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Friday, 12 October, 2001, 17:28 GMT 18:28 UK
USS Cole memorial dedicated
Warship the USS Cole, damaged in a suicide bomb attack in Yemen, October 2000
The Cole was docked in Yemen when it was attacked
The US navy has dedicated a memorial to the 17 people killed in the bombing of the USS Cole, exactly one year ago.

Yemen
Reports say the memorial was unveiled at the destroyer's home port in Norfolk Virginia, where it has since been repaired.

The monument also pays tribute to the 37 sailors injured when a small boat packed with explosives blew a hole in the side of the Cole as it refuelled in the Yemeni port of Aden.

"The terrorist attacks will never be forgotten, nor will they deter us," said Rear Admiral John Foley, commander of the Atlantic Fleet's surface forces.

Investigation continues

He added the Cole would now join other ships in the US-led war on terrorism.

US officials believe Osama Bin Laden's al-Qaeda network was behind the attack on the Cole.

More than a dozen suspects have been arrested since the investigation into the bombing began, including a man accused of selling the boat used in the attack and others who allegedly provided the bombers with logistical aid.

The US has pressed Yemen to delay the trial of the suspects while the search for the mastermind continues.

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