Donald Trump confirms Osama’s son Hamza bin Laden killed in Afghanistan-Pakistan region

Donald Trump at a ceremony marking the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on Sep 11, 2019

Washington, Sep 14: US President Donald Trump on Friday confirmed that late Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza bin Laden, who was a high-ranking Al Qaeda member, had been “killed in a United States counterterrorism operation in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region.

The news for first reported by media on July 31 but the confirmation was made today by President Trump in a statement.He did not give a time period for the operation or the death.

Hamza bin Laden was officially designated by the US as a global terrorist and was thought to be a potential future leader of Al Qaeda. The US State Department earlier this year offered a $1 million reward for any information leading to his capture.

Announcing the development, the White House Press Secretary said that his killing “not only deprives the Al Qaeda of important leadership skills and the symbolic connection to his father, but also undermines important operational activities of the group. Hamza bin Laden was responsible for planning and dealing with various terrorist groups.”

Hamza bin Laden had last made a public statement in 2018.

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