His death was announced in late July by the New York Times , NBC News and the BBC. But not confirmed. Until Saturday, September 14th. In a statement posted on the White House website, Donald Trump confirmed the death of Osama bin Laden's favorite son, Hamza bin Laden, who was billed as his heir to al-Qaeda and considered the likely successor of Egyptian Ayman al Zawahiri at the head of the terrorist organization.
"Hamza bin Laden, the top al-Qaeda leader and son of Osama Bin Laden, was killed in a US-led counter-terrorism operation in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region," says the US president, without specifying the exact date of this operation. "The loss of Hamza Bin Laden not only deprives Al-Qaida of his authority and his symbolic connection to his father, but also undermines the group's important operational activities ," he added. "Hamza bin Laden has planned and worked with various terrorist groups , " said Donald Trump.
In late August, Defense Minister Mark Esper was the first US official to speak publicly about the death of Hamza bin Laden. When asked in a television interview whether he was dead, the minister replied, "That's my understanding. But he had refused to dwell on the question. "I do not have the details. And if I had them, I'm not sure I could share them with you, " said the Pentagon leader.
Fallen from Saudi nationality
Regarded as the designated successor of Osama Bin Laden, founder of the network behind the September 11, 2001 attacks, Hamza bin Laden, in his thirties, was on the US blacklist of people accused of "terrorism. » .
Washington offered in February a reward of up to $ 1 million for any information to find it. Fifteen of Osama bin Laden's children, the son of his third wife, Hamza had been deposed in March of his Saudi nationality.Read also Hamza Bin Laden, son of Osama bin Laden, stripped of his Saudi nationality