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Statement by Richard Boucher, Spokesman
January 16, 2001

Reward Offer: U.S.S. Cole Attack

On October 12th, terrorists in a boat laden with explosives carried out a suicide bombing of the U.S.S. Cole in the harbor at Aden, Yemen. In what President Clinton described as a "despicable and cowardly act," 17 U.S. sailors were killed, and over 30 others were wounded.

Today, the U.S. Department of State is offering a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest or conviction in any country of those persons responsible for this terrorist attack.

Anyone with information on this attack is encouraged to contact local law enforcement, the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate, the nearest FBI office, or the Diplomatic Security Service immediately. The United States will ensure that responses to this reward notice will be kept in strict confidence. Individuals providing information leading to the arrest or conviction of those responsible for the attack on the U.S.S. Cole may be eligible for protection of their identities and relocation with their families to the United States.

Our commitment to the fight against international terrorism is strong and unwavering. We will not rest until all of the terrorist criminals responsible for the attack against the U.S.S. Cole are located and brought to justice.

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