The United States believes Hamza bin Laden, the son of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, a senior member of the militant group, has died, a US official said Wednesday.
The US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, gave no further details, even when Hamza or Ayna died.
On Wednesday, President Donald Trump declined to comment after NBC News reported the US assessment for the first time. Asked if he had information that bin Laden had been killed, Trump told reporters: “I do not want to comment on that.”
Separately, the White House declined to comment if the announcement was imminent. Hamza, believed to be in his 30s, was next to his father in Afghanistan before the September 11 attacks on the United States and spent time with him in Pakistan after the US-led invasion of Afghanistan. Many high-ranking al Qaeda leaders there have paid, according to the Brookings Institution.
Osama bin Laden was killed by US special forces that raided his compound in Pakistan in 2011. Hamza was believed to have been under house arrest in Iran at the time, and documents retrieved from the compound indicate that the assistants were trying to bring his family together. the father. .
The New York Times reported that the United States had played a role in the process that led to the death of Hamza, who, he said, had happened in the last two years. Reuters could not immediately verify the details.
However, the conclusion of the United States Government seems to be recent. In February, the State Department said it had offered a reward of up to $ 1 million for information that could lead to “identifying or locating a country” from Hamza, describing him as a key al Qaeda leader.
In a voice message in 2015, al-Qaeda leader Hamza Ayman al-Zawahiri presented a younger voice to the group whose older leaders struggled to inspire militants around the world who were mobilized by the Islamic state, analysts
Hamza called for terrorist acts in Western capitals and threatened to avenge the United States for his father’s death, according to the State Department in 2017 when he was appointed as a global terrorist.
He also threatened to attack Americans abroad and urged tribal groups in Saudi Arabia to join al Qaeda in Yemen in the Arabian Peninsula to fight against Saudi Arabia.
In March, Saudi Arabia announced it had stripped Hamza bin Laden of his nationality, saying the decision was made by royal order in November 2018.