Sudan agrees to pay out families of bombed sailors

Mary Harper

Africa editor, BBC World Service

Sudan has signed a deal to compensate the families of 17 American sailors who died when their ship, the USS Cole, was bombed at a port in Yemen in 2000.

This is a key condition set by the US for Sudan to be removed from a terrorism blacklist. It is not clear how much Khartoum will pay.

Al-Qaeda said it had carried out the attack in which the warship was rammed by a rubber dinghy packed with explosives.

The US ruled Sudan was responsible because the two suicide bombers were trained in the country - an allegation denied by Khartoum.

A US Navy Sailor stands guard on the USS Cole before its departure from the Norfolk Naval Station June 8, 2006 in Norfolk, Virginia.
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The USS Cole left the Middle East for the first time since the bombing in 2006

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(Pic: Qasim al-Raymi; Credit: AFP)