An official website of the United States Government

Attack on USS Cole (Aden, Yemen | October 12, 2000)

Near East (North Africa and the Middle East)


Up to $5 million

Do your part


Rewards for Justice is offering a reward of up to $5 million for information on the USS Cole attack. On October 12, 2000, two suicide bombers rammed a small explosives-laden boat into the USS Cole — a U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer — in the harbor at Aden, Yemen, during a routine refueling stop. The resulting explosion opened a large hole in the side of the ship, killed 17 sailors, and wounded more than 30 others. The attack was planned by members of al-Qa’ida, including now-deceased operatives Jamal Ahmed Mohammed Ali al-Badawi and Fahd Mohammed Ahmed al-Quso.



Associated Location(s):



Do Your Part. Secure a Safer World.

There are many ways to submit information to Rewards for Justice.

You may choose from multiple platforms and contact us in numerous languages. To process your information efficiently, we ask you to state your information as succinctly as possible, provide your name, location, and preferred language, and upload all relevant files such as photographs, videos, and documents to support your information. An RFJ representative will soon contact you. Please be patient, as RFJ reads every tip we receive.

Skip to content