Osama bin Laden’s son killed in US raid – Trump

Hamza bin Laden, the son of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, is shown at his wedding in a video image released by the CIA in November 2017. HANDOUT VIA REUTERS
Hamza bin Laden, the son of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, is shown at his wedding in a video image released by the CIA in November 2017. HANDOUT VIA REUTERS

WASHINGTON – Hamza bin Laden, a son of slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and himself a notable figure in the militant group, was killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation, President Donald Trump said on Saturday.

In a statement issued by the White House, Trump said the operation took place in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, but he offered no further details.

“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,” Trump said, using an alternative spelling for the group that carried out the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. (Reuters)

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