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Sudan will pay $ 30 million to families of USS Cole attack victims, its leaders say – CNN, CNN

(CNN) Sudan will pay a $ million settlement to the Families of 26 US Navy sailors killed in the bombing of the USS Cole in a bid to get itself removed from the United States’ list of state sponsors of terrorism, Sudanese officials said.

Sudan’s government “explicitly denies” its involvement in the attack and says the payout announced Wednesday is intended to “settle the historical allegations of terrorism left by the former regime.” The country longtime President Omar al-Bashir was ousted in a military coup in April following a lengthy popular uprising.

USS Cole was attacked in 2000 by suicide bombers in a small boat while refueling in the port of Aden in Yemen.

The remains of a sailor killed in the USS Cole attack are carried from a US Air Force transport plane on October 13, 2000 at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany.

The remains of a sailor killed in the USS Cole attack are carried from a US Air Force transport plane on October 13, 2000 at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany.

Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said the agreement was made “to meet the conditions set by the US administration to remove Sudan from the list of state sponsors of terrorism in order to normalize relations with the United States and the rest of the world. “

The Cole was attacked by suicide bombers in a small boat filled with explosives while refueling in the port of Aden in Yemen. The attack also wounded 64 sailors.

The remains of a sailor killed in the USS Cole attack are carried from a US Air Force transport plane on October 13, 2000 at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany.

The bombing was attributed to al Qaeda and foreshadowed the September , , attacks on the United States, less than a year later.

In 2019, a US court concluded that Sudan had provided base with aid that led to the attack, awarding the families $ million in compensation. Negotiations are now underway to come up with a settlement agreement for the victims of the 2001 East Africa embassy bombings in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania , Sudan’s Minister of Information Faisal Mohamed Saleh told CNN.

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