Death of bin Laden son confirmed

World | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 16 Sep 2019

US President Donald Trump has confirmed that Hamza bin Laden, the son and designated heir of Al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden, was killed in a counter-terrorism operation in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region.

Reports cited intelligence officials more than a month ago that Hamza had been killed sometime in the last two years in a US involved operation.

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said last month that to "his understanding" Bin Laden was dead.

But Trump had not publicly confirmed the news until Saturday.

"The loss of Hamza not only deprives al-Qaeda of important leadership skills and the symbolic connection to his father, but undermines important operational activities of the group." Trump said.

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