President Trump on Saturday announced that Hamza bin Laden, son of late al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, was “killed in a United States counterterrorism operation in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region.”
The timeline surrounding Hamza bin Laden’s death is unclear.
The New York Times reported he was killed months ago in an article citing a pair of unnamed American officials at the end of July. Defense Secretary Mark Esper in a late August interview said it was also “his understanding” the al Qaeda heir apparent was dead.
“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,” Trump said in a statement Saturday morning.
“Hamza bin Laden was responsible for planning and dealing with various terrorist groups,” he added.
Earlier this year, the state department dubbed Hazma bin Laden, believed to be in his early 30s, as an “emerging leader” of the terror group and offered a $1 million reward in February for information leading to his capture.
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