The US president, Donald Trump, confirmed on Saturday that Hamza bin Laden, son of the founder of Al Qaeda, died in a US anti-terrorist operation in the area of Afghanistan and Pakistan, without offering more details.
“The loss of Hamza bin Laden not only deprives Al Qaeda of important leadership capabilities and the symbolic connection with his father (Usama bin Laden), but also undermines important operational activities” of the terrorist organization, Trump said in a statement.
According to the president, Bin Laden’s son was “responsible for planning and dealing with various terrorist groups.” The president has thus confirmed the information published at the end of July by several US media, although it is still unclear when he died or the exact place.
The border area between Afghanistan and Pakistan is considered the main refuge of Al Qaeda and it is believed that it would also be the current leader of the organization, the Egyptian Ayman al Zawahiri, who precisely reappeared this week with a message on the occasion of the attacks from 11-S.
The State Department had announced on March 1 a reward of up to one million dollars for information that would allow the capture of Hamza bin Laden. He said he could be climbing the ranks as a new leader of Al Qaeda after the publication of videos and audios on the Internet in which he calls his followers to carry out attacks against the United States and its Western allies.
Bin Laden’s son married in August 2018 with the daughter of Mohamed Atta, the main hijacker of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Atta was the pilot of American Airlines flight 11, which hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center as part of the attacks.
Hamza bin Laden is the son of one of the three surviving wives of Usama bin Laden, Jairia Sabar, who lived with her husband in a complex in Abbottabad, in Pakistan, when he was shot dead during an American military operation in May 2011.
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