Hamza bin Laden, the son and heir of Al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden, was killed in a counter-terrorism operation in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region. “Hamza bin Laden, the high-ranking al-Qaeda member and son of Osama bin Laden, was killed in a United States counterterrorism operation in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region,” US President Donald Trump said in a brief statement released by the White House.
The statement did not say when the killing took place. “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,” the statement added.
US media reports a month ago had quoted intelligence officials as saying Osama bin Laden’s son had been liquidated. Hamza was the 15th of Osama bin Laden’s 20 children; he was born though Osama’s third wife, and aged around 30 years.
Osama bin Laden, part of a wealth Saudi Arabian family which has major stakes in regional business, was liquidated by a US special squad while he was in hiding in Abbottabad, near Pakistan military headquarters in Rawalpindi, in May, 2011. Laden masterminded the attacks on key US installations like World Trade Centre tower in 2001, in retaliation of what he said the Israeli razing of towers in Lebanon, with US military help, in the 1980s.–Agencies, IHN-NN
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