RICHMOND, Va – A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the Republic of Sudan to pay nearly $8 million to the families of 17 sailors killed in the 2000 terrorist attack on the USS Cole.
The families had sought $100 million, but U.S. District Judge Robert G. Doumar in Norfolk ordered Sudan to pay $7.96 million.
The families accused the East African nation's government of providing support, including money and training, that allowed Al Qaeda to attack the destroyer while it was in the harbor of Aden, Yemen, on Oct. 12, 2000. A federal judge in March found Sudan liable for the attack on the Norfolk-based Cole.
"I was a little bit disappointed in the overall ruling, because we figured we was going to get more, but I'm happy that that part of the case is over," said Lorrie Triplett, 39, of Suffolk, whose husband, Andrew, died on the Cole. "For myself and my girls, I am happy for the ruling — it will suffice them."