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bin Laden’s son killed



UNITED States reportedly obtained intelligence yesterday that a son and de facto successor of al Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden, is dead.

He was identified as Hamza bin Laden, with officials not providing details of where or when he or if United States has a hand in his death.

Not even President Donald Trump is coming up with any explanation when he was pressed to comment on the report.

“I don’t want to comment on that,” Trump said.

Hamza bin Laden’s last known public statement was released by al Qaeda’s media arm in 2018 during which he threatened Saudi Arabia and called on the people of the Arabian Peninsula to revolt. But he is believed to have been born around 1989 and had over $1million reward for information on his whereabout.

Navy SEALS killed his father in 2011 during a raid on his Abbottabad, Pakistan, compound. Hamza was not found at the compound.

Letters seized from the compound suggested the elder bin Laden wanted his son to join him in Abbottabad and was grooming him as a leader.

In a September 2017 article, counterterror expert and former FBI agent Ali Soufan said, “Hamza is being prepared for a leadership role in the organisation his father founded” and is “likely to be perceived favorably by the jihadi rank-and-file.

“With the Islamic State’s ‘caliphate’ apparently on the verge of collapse, Hamza is now the figure best placed to reunify the global jihadi movement.”

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