The son of Osama bin Laden has been killed in a US counter-terrorism operation; President Donald Trump has confirmed. A statement from the White House said: “Hamza bin Laden, the high-ranking al Qaeda member and son of Osama bin Laden, was killed in a United States counter-terrorism operation in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region.
“The loss of Hamza bin Laden not only deprives al Qaeda of important leadership skills and the symbolic connection to his father, but undermines important operational activities of the group.
“Hamza bin Laden was responsible for planning and dealing with various terrorist groups.” The high-ranking al Qaeda figure was rumoured to have been killed in August. “Hamza bin Laden was responsible for planning and dealing with various terrorist groups.” The high-ranking al Qaeda figure was rumoured to have been killed in August.
This confirmation came three days after the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks– masterminded by Osama bin Laden – in which nearly 3,000 people were killed. Osama bin Laden was killed in an operation by US forces in Pakistan in May 2011.
In February, the US government put a $1m reward on Hamza bin Laden’s head, saying the man sometimes dubbed the “crown prince of jihad” was “emerging as a leader in the al-Qaeda franchise”.
He had put out audio and video messages calling for attacks on the US and other countries, especially to avenge his father’s death. In 2017, the US added Hamza to its counterterrorism blacklist.
Documents seized in the raid on his father’s house in Abbottabad, in Pakistan’s northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, suggested that Hamza bin Laden was being groomed as heir to the al-Qaeda leadership, according to the US State Department.