(Reuters) – Hamza bin Laden, a son of slain al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden and himself a notable determine within the militant group, was killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation, President Donald Trump stated on Saturday.
In a press release issued by the White Home, Trump stated the operation happened within the Afghanistan-Pakistan area, however he provided no additional particulars.
“The lack of Hamza bin Ladin not solely deprives al-Qa’ida of necessary management expertise and the symbolic connection to his father, however undermines necessary operational actions of the group,” Trump stated, utilizing another spelling for the group that carried out the Sept. 11, 2001, assaults.
A U.S. official instructed Reuters Hamza had been killed months in the past close to the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Trump was briefed on the time on the operation.
The U.S. authorities believes Hamza, who is assumed to have been about 30 years previous, had succeeded his father as the top of what stays of al Qaeda, the official stated. Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces in 2011.
Hamza was at his father’s aspect in Afghanistan earlier than the Sept. 11 assaults on the US. He additionally frolicked along with his father in Pakistan after the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan pushed a lot of al Qaeda’s senior management there, in keeping with the Brookings Establishment.
The U.S. State Division designated Hamza a worldwide terrorist in 2017 after he known as for acts of terrorism in Western capitals and threatened to take revenge in opposition to the US for killing his father.
Reuters reported on July 31 that U.S. officers believed Hamza had been killed. However Trump’s assertion represented the primary time the U.S. authorities had confirmed the operation.
It was unclear why the White Home determined to publicize details about Hamza’s demise months after he was killed.
The State Division and Workplace of the Director of Nationwide Intelligence didn’t reply to requests for remark.
Reporting by Christopher Bing and Mark Hosenball; Enhancing by Chizu Nomiyama and Tom Brown