Washington D.C : Without spilling much detail in the death of the future head of militant group Al Qaeda, Hamza bin Laden, son of slain Osama Bin Laden has been killed, a top source from the US military confirmed.
The U.S. Official who spoke on condition of anonymity, provided no further details, including when Hamza died or where.
President Donald Trump earlier on Wednesday declined to comment after NBC News first reported the U.S. assessment. Asked if he had intelligence that bin Laden’s son had been killed, Trump told reporters: “I don’t want to comment on it.”
Separately, the White House declined comment on whether any announcement was imminent.
Hamza believed to be about 30 years old, was at his father’s side in Afghanistan before the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States and spent time with him in Pakistan after the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan pushed much of Al Qaeda’s senior leadership there, according to the Brookings Institution.
Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan in his hiding place in Abbottabad in 2011. Hamza was thought to be under house arrest in Iran at the time, and documents recovered from the his hiding place indicated that aides had been trying to reunite with his father.