President Trump acknowledged on Saturday that the son of Osama bin Laden was killed during an operation conducted by the US military.
Trump said Hamza bin Laden “was killed in a United States counterterrorism operation in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region.”
The president did not give details about where and when the operation took place, although NBC News reported in July that bin Laden had died “sometime in the last two years.” Prior to Saturday’s announcement, President Trump had not commented on the situation.
Senior US official tells me, re Hamza bin Laden’s death, that Trump “kept this secret for a long time.” Unclear at the moment how or when he was killed. NBC News @ckubeNBC first reported the death in July.— Ken Dilanian (@KenDilanianNBC) September 14, 2019
“Hamza bin Ladin was responsible for planning and dealing with various terrorist groups,” the president said. A White House statement stated, “The loss of Hamza bin Laden not only deprives Al Qaeda of important leadership skills and the symbolic connection to his father but undermines important operational activities of the group.”
A $1 million reward was offered by the State Department for information leading to the capture of Hamza bin Laden earlier this year, according to reports by Fox News.
Hamza bin Laden was one of nearly two dozen children fathered by Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the 9-11 terrorist attacks that killed almost 3,000 Americans. The elder bin Laden was killed by Navy SEALS in 2011.