U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday confirmed the death of Hamza bin Laden, one of the sons and designated inherited from the founder of the Islamist al Qaeda group Osama bin Laden.
«The loss of Hamza bin Laden not only leaves this al Qaeda group without leadership and a symbolic connection to its father, but also limits and diminishes the group’s operational activities,» the representative said in a statement issued by the White House and picked up by a AP and Reuters.
In the past few months, local media outlets had reported, citing intelligence sources, the death of Osama bin Laden’s son, reporting that this had occurred in at least the past two years in an operation on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden were singled out as those responsible for the September 11, 2001 attacks on various points in the United States, including the Pentagon and the Twin Towers in New York.
According to the AFP news agency, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper had confirmed the news towards the end of August, saying «he understood» that Hamza bin Laden was dead, but neither Trump nor other senior officials had confirmed his death.
Hamza was the 15th son of the 20 that the Islamist leader had. In February 2019, the U.S. State Department had announced a $1 million reward for information leading to its capture, considering that he had «emerged as a leader within al Qaeda.»
Osama bin Laden was shot down on May 2, 2011 in an operation executed in the town of Abbottabad in northern Pakistan by US forces.