Osama bin Laden’s Son, Hamza Confirmed Dead


The son of Osama bin Laden, Hamza, founder of Al-Qaeda, has been confirmed dead, US media has reported citing American officials.

NBC reported on Wednesday that three US officials said they had information of Hamza bin Laden’s death but gave no details of the where and when he was killed.

The New York Times newspaper also reported that the US took part in the operation that led to Hamza’s death, which it said took place in the past two years.

While been questioned by reporters in the Oval Office, President Donald Trump did not confirm or deny the NBC report.

“I don’t want to comment on it,” he said.

In February the US government put a $1m bounty on Hamza’s head, saying the man sometimes dubbed the “crown prince of jihad” was “emerging as a leader in the al-Qaeda franchise.”

He had put out sound recordings and video clips calling for attacks on the US and other countries, especially to avenge his father’s killing by US forces in Pakistan in May 2011.

The US added Hamza to its counterterrorism balcklist in 2017.

Documents seized in the raid on his father’s house in Abbottabad suggested Hamza was being groomed as the heir to the Al-Qaeda leadership.

US forces also found video clip of Hamza’s wedding to the daughter of another senior Al-Qaeda official that is believed to have taken place in Iran.

Hamza bin Laden’s whereabouts have never been identified. He was believed to have been under house arrest in Iran but reports suggest he also may have resided in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Syria.

Al-Qaeda’s prominence, the group responsible for the 9/11  attacks on the United States as a radical Islamist group has faded over the past decade in the shadow of the Islamic State group.

But the growth of branches and associated jihadist groups in Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and elsewhere have underscored its continuing potency.

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