Son of Osama Bin Laden Is Dead, White House Confirms
Son of Osama Bin Laden Is Dead, White House Confirms BYfor The Epoch Times
The son of infamous terrorist Osama bin Laden is dead, President Donald Trump confirmed on Sept. 14.
Reports that Hamza bin Laden was killed emerged on July 31 but had gone uncorroborated by official sources.
In a statement on Saturday, Trump said: “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.”
Trump said the death will serve to undermine al-Qaeda.
“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,” he added.
In July, Trump had declined comment on the reports.
Osama bin Laden, the head of al-Qaeda and who U.S. officials said was the mastermind behind the 9/11 terror attacks and other killings of Americans, was killed during a raid on his Pakistan compound in 2011.
Hamza bin Laden was among the FBI’s Most Wanted. It was offering a reward of up to $1 million for information leading to his whereabouts.
“Investigators believe Hamza bin Laden is married to the daughter of al-Qaeda senior leader Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, aka Abu Muhammad al Masri, who has been indicted for his alleged involvement in the Aug. 7, 1998, bombings of the United States Embassies in Tanzania and Kenya,” the FBI stated on a wanted poster for the man.
“Hamza bin Laden is wanted for questioning in connection with his membership in the al-Qaeda organization and his public declarations threatening the security of the United States.”