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USS Cole bomb suspects recaptured
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Fahd al-Qusaa and Jamal al-Badawi are indicted by the US
Yemen has re-arrested two militants, suspected of masterminding the bombing of a US warship in October 2000.

Jamal al-Badawi and Fahd al-Qusaa are accused of planning the attack which killed 17 on the USS Cole.

The two men were detained after a shoot-out, when security forces stopped their car in Abyan province.

The pair are the last of 10 escapees to be recaptured, after a prison break-out last May which was an embarrassment to the Yemeni authorities.

Mr Badawi is the highest-profile detainee in Yemen and, like most of the other suspects in the USS Cole case, he is believed to have close links to the al-Qaeda terror network.

The two men were both injured during their capture, and are now being detained at a hospital, according to an official quoted by the AFP news agency.

A member of the Yemeni security forces was also reported wounded.

Plot allegations

In the USS Cole attack, two suicide bombers detonated explosives in a small boat which they had brought alongside the warship, as it was refuelling in Aden harbour.

USS Cole after the attack
The repaired Cole has gone back into service since the attack
Mr Badawi and Mr Qusaa are alleged to have taken part in a plot, begun in mid-1999, to attack US navy ships arriving in Aden for service and refuelling.

Mr Badawi faces a further charge of attempting to attack the USS The Sullivans in January 2000 while the vessel was refuelling in Aden.

If convicted, the two men could face the death penalty.

They were also indicted last May by a US court.

The US has provided military assistance to Yemen, which supports its war on terror.

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