Osama bin Laden’s Son Hamza Killed in US Op, Says White House

The White House on Saturday, 14 September, said that Hamza bin Laden, the son of the late al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, who had become an increasingly prominent figure in the terrorist organisation, had been killed in a US counterterrorism operation in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region.

A White House statement gave no further details, such as when Hamza bin Laden was killed or how the United States confirmed his death.

The statement said Hamza bin Laden's death "not only deprives al-Qaida of important leadership skills and the symbolic connection to his father, but undermines important operational activities of the group."

As leader of al-Qaida, Osama bin Laden and others plotted the attacks of 11 September 2001. US Navy SEALs killed him in a raid on a house in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in 2011.

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