Trump confirms Osama bin Laden's son Hamza killed

TEHRAN, Sep. 14 (MNA) – The US President Donald Trump said Sat. that late al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's son Hamza bin Laden had been killed in an operation in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region.

"The loss of Hamza bin Ladin not only deprives al-Qa'ida of important leadership skills and the symbolic connection to his father, but undermines important operational activities of the group," the US president said in the statement, according to the CNN on Saturday.

He did not give a time period for the operation or the death.

CNN previously reported on July 31 that the US believed Hamza bin Laden was dead, citing a US official. The official told CNN at the time that the US had a role in this death but did not provide details.

Terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank told CNN at the time that one thing puzzled researchers who are closely tracking al Qaeda: "If Hamza bin Laden has indeed been dead for months, you would expect al Qaeda to have released some form of eulogy before today. The fact they haven't is highly unusual, given his status in the group."


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