U.S. President Donald Trump has confirmed that that Usama Bin Laden’s son Hamza was killed in a counterterrorism operation.
In a statement released by the White House on September 14, Trump said that Hamza, a senior al-Qaeda commander, “was killed in a United States counterterrorism operation in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region.”
“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,” the statement reads.
The statement didn’t disclose the timing of the counterterrorism operation, nor specify how exactly it was carried out.
Born in 1989, Hamza became a senior al-Qaeda commander after the death of his father, as well as his brother Khalid, in the 2011 Pakistan raid.
In May of 2017, Hamza released a video, in which he called on his followers to attack Jews, Americans, Westerners and Russians, using any means possible. Months later it was reported that he was tasked with establishing a new al-Qaeda branch in Syria after the defection of the al-Nusra Front.
Al-Qaeda has not commented on the killing of Hamza yet. The terrorist group usually acknowledges the death of high-ranking commanders.
The assassination of Hamza Bin Laden is a major blow to al-Qaeda, which has been working to rebuild its influence in the Middle East since the begging of the so-called Arab Spring.