Osama bin Laden's son killed in US operation, President Trump confirms
Per FOX News, President Donald Trump has confirmed that Hamza bin Laden, the son of former Al Qaeda leader and 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, has been killed in a US counterterrorism operation.
In a statement released by the White House on Saturday morning - just three days after the 18th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks - President Trump confirmed that Hamza, a high-ranking Al Qaeda member and one of the most wanted men on the planet, "was killed in a United States counterterrorism operation in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region."
The statement continued:
"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. Hamza bin Laden was responsible for planning and dealing with various terrorist groups."
Kevin Liptak - the White House correspondent for CNN - also tweeted out the news, along with the White House's statement.
Sky News reports that Hamza bin Laden was rumored to have been killed in an airstrike back in August, following a report in the New York Post, but the outlet claimed that his death was being "shrouded in secrecy".
They have now posted a follow-up article confirming that Hamza bin Laden has been sent to his father's home "in hell".
Per NBC News, Hamza bin Laden's last known public statement was released by al Qaeda's media arm in back in 2018.
It is still unknown when exactly Hamza bin Laden was killed, but NBC has reported that officials have said the death occurred at some point in the past two years, but public confirmation came only today.