Pentagon Says Planner of USS Cole And Embassy Bombings Confesses

Washington (AP) -- The Pentagon says a man long suspected of planning the bombing of the USS Cole has confessed to the attack during a hearing at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

According to a Pentagon transcript, Waleed Mohammed Bin Attash also said he helped plan the bombings of the US Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998 that killed 213 people.

Seventeen sailors were killed when suicide bombers in Yemen steered a boat full of explosives into the Cole in 2000.

Bin Attash says he bought the boat and recruited the people who carried out the Cole bombing. He also says he was with Osama Bin Laden when the Cole was attacked.

The transcript has come out five days after the Pentagon released the record of hearings held for three other high-value suspects at Guantanamo. One of them, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, confessed to nearly three dozen plots, including the 9/11 attacks.

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