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Thu Feb 13, 2020, 08:25 PM

Sudan Says Deal Reached With Families Over USS Cole Attack

Sudan said it reached a settlement with families of the victims of the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen, as part of its campaign to persuade the U.S. to remove its designation as a state sponsor of terrorism.

An agreement was signed with the families Feb. 7, the Justice Ministry said Thursday in a statement that didnít specify the compensation. WTKR-TV, a Virginia-based broadcaster, reported late Wednesday that Sudan agreed to settle the case for about $30 million, which would be split between the families of the 17 sailors killed.

Al-Qaeda claimed the attack on the U.S. warship in the port of Aden and Sudan was accused of providing support. The North African nation, then led by Omar al-Bashir, was designated a terrorism sponsor in 1993 by the U.S., which later imposed crippling economic sanctions that lasted until 2017.

Bashir, who ruled for three decades, was overthrown by the army last April after months of mass protests. The deal is the transitional governmentís latest bid to regain international respectability as it seeks to rebuild an economy ravaged by mismanagement and the secession of oil-rich South Sudan in 2011.


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