President Trump confirms: Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza eliminated in US operation
The son of Osama bin Laden has been eliminated in a US counter-terrorism operation, President Donald Trump has confirmed.
A statement from the White House said: “Hamza bin Ladin, the high-ranking al-Qaeda member and son of Usama bin Ladin, was killed in a United States counter-terrorism operation in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region.
“The loss of Hamza bin Ladin not only deprives al-Qaeda of important leadership skills and the symbolic connection to his father but undermines important operational activities of the group,” the President said in the statement.
President Trump also said: “Hamza bin Ladin was responsible for planning and dealing with various terrorist groups.”
Hamza’s death dispels fears, widely-held in the intelligence community, that he would succeed his father as the spiritual and tactical leader of al Qaeda’s global jihadist movement.
In March, the US government offered $1 million for help tracking down the son of the late terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, as part its ‘rewards for justice’ program.
The 30-year-old Muslim terrorist has been dubbed the “crown prince of jihad”. His father, a mastermind of the 9/11 atrocity, was eliminated in a US military raid in Pakistan in May 2011.
Since at least August 2015, he released audio and video messages on the internet calling for attacks against the West and has threatened revenge for his father’s 2011 elimination by US forces.
In August 2018 it was revealed Hamza had married the daughter of Mohammed Atta – the lead hijacker in the 9/11 terror attacks.
Hamza bin Laden was the son of one of Osama’s three surviving wives Khairiah Sabar – who was holed up with her husband in the Abbottabad compound in Pakistan when he was shot dead.
Hamza disappeared from the fortified home near a Pakistani military base just weeks before the dramatic Black Ops raid.
He has since incited to terrorism online, making several public statements calling on Muslim terrorists to murder civilians in Western cities.