Osama bin Laden’s son killed in US counter-terrorism operation – White House

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The White House has indicated that son of Osama bin Laden, Hamza bin Ladin has been killed in a US counter-terrorism operation, ABC News can report.

A statement from the White House said “Hamza bin Ladin, the high-ranking al-Qa’ida member and son of Usama bin Ladin, was killed in a United States counter-terrorism operation in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region”.

The statement further states that “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.

Information gathered by ABC News indicates that Hamza bin Ladin was responsible for planning and dealing with various terrorist groups. The high-ranking al-Qaeda figure was rumoured to have been killed in August.

Hamza is believed to be about 30 years old and is the 15th of Osama bin Laden’s 56 children.

Former al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden was killed in a US Special Forces raid in 2011. His son Hamza became an increasingly prominent figure in the organisation and a US State Department says he has “threatened attacks against the United States and allies”.

In early 2019, the US offered a $1 million (£755,000) reward for help to locate the al-Qaeda member.

Source: ABCNewsgh.com

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