Trump confirms Osama bin Laden's son Hamza killed

Elizabeth Howe
September 14, 2019 - 11:16 am
Hamza bin Laden

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President Donald Trump confirmed in a statement Saturday that Hamza bin Laden, the son of the late al-Qaida leader, has been killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region.

"The loss of Hamza bin Ladin not only deprives al-Qa'ida of important leadership skills and the symbolic connection to his father, but undermines important operational activities of the group," Trump said in the statement.

In March of this year, the State Department announced a $1 million reward for help tracking down the son of the late terrorist leader. The announcement said bin Laden’s son had emerged as a leader of the al-Qaida terrorist group. 

US offers $1 million reward in hunt for bin Laden’s son

Reports came out in July that the U.S. had received intelligence on Hamza bin Laden's death, but no official confirmation had been made before now. 

The White House statement provided no further details such as when Hamza bin Laden was killed, by what means, or how the U.S. confirmed his death. His father — who was responsible for the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 — was killed by Navy SEALs in a raid on a house in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in 2011.

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