Sailors injured in 10-year-old suicide attack on USS Cole file lawsuit against Sudan

By Nedra Pickler, AP
Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Sailors injured in USS Cole attack file lawsuit

WASHINGTON — Sailors suffering from injuries incurred 10 years ago in the USS Cole attack are suing Sudan for damages.

The suit was filed in Washington on Monday on behalf of eight sailors aboard the destroyer and two of their spouses. They say they have suffered from surgeries for bodily injuries as well as burns, scars, hearing loss and post-traumatic stress.

Earlier, family members of the 17 sailors killed in the attack won $13 million in damages and interest from Sudan.

Sudan has denied responsibility and refused to pay.

The families persuaded a U.S. court that Sudanese support allowed al-Qaida suicide bombers to attack the destroyer in a Yemen port on Oct. 12, 2000. The award was eventually paid from Sudanese assets frozen by the U.S. government.

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