Hamza bin Laden, the son and rumoured heir to deceased al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, is dead, according to intelligence reportedly obtained by the United States. The news was first reported by NBC News on Wednesday morning, though officials would not immediately confirm the details or whether the US had any role in his death.
NBC News said three US officials had confirmed they had information of Hamza bin Laden’s death, but gave no details of the place or date. The son of al-Qaeda founder Osama Bin Laden, Hamza, has died, according to US intelligence officials. Details of Hamza Bin Laden’s place or date of death remain unclear in the anonymously-sourced reports.
US President Donald Trump refused to comment on the issue when asked by reporters on Wednesday, as did the White House national security adviser John Bolton.
Hamza Bin Laden, thought to be aged about 30, had released audio and video messages calling for attacks on the US and other countries. Hamza Bin Laden urged jihadists to avenge his father’s killing by US special forces in Pakistan in May 2011. He was believed to have been under house arrest in Iran but other reports suggest he also may have resided in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Syria.
Its worth mentioning that Osama bin Laden was killed in a raid by Navy Seals in 2011 in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The reports suggest that Hamza bin Laden was groomed for eventual leadership of al-Qaida. In an extensive article published by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, a former F.B.I agent, Ali Soufan describes Hamza as his father’s favorite son.
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