Terrorists botched earlier attack
MICHAEL J. SNIFFEN
Nov. 10, 2000
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Some of the same terrorists thought to have attacked the USS Cole botched a similar attack 10 months ago against another ship in Yemen's Aden harbor, an intelligence official said.
The target was a U.S. warship that had stopped to refuel, said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
The aborted bombing attempt in January was planned around the millennium celebrations.
It was aborted when the attackers discovered their boat had been overloaded with explosives and was not seaworthy, the official said.
The small boat did not sink, but was not able to complete the mission and may have been the same craft used for the October attack on the Cole, the official said.
ABC News, citing intelligence sources, reported the target was the USS The Sullivans, which refueled in Yemen on Jan. 3.
The Pentagon announced Thursday, with few details, that Defense Secretary William Cohen will leave Tuesday to visit the Gulf states of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, as well as Israel, Jordan and Egypt. He will consult with his counterparts in those countries, meet with other government officials and visit U.S. troops in the region.
U.S. forces have been on a heightened state of alert since the Oct. 12 terrorist bombing of the Cole that killed 17 U.S. sailors.
The Navy meanwhile announced after weeks of deliberation that the Cole will be repaired at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss., where the $1 billion destroyer was built.
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