Who killed bin Laden?

US government confirms death of Osama bin Laden's son

The White House announced that Hamsa bin Laden, the son of Al-Qaeda boss Osama bin Laden, was killed in an anti-terrorist operation "in the Afghanistan / Pakistan region." At the time of death, no information was given in the notification. The White House said the death of the bin Laden son was not only a symbolic setback for al-Qaeda, but "also undermines important group activities".

Osama bin Laden was seen as the mastermind behind the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York and Washington. Then he went into hiding. In 2011, a US special command tracked down the then 54-year-old in Abbottabad, Pakistan, and killed him. Hamsa bin Laden is said to have assumed a leading role in Al-Qaeda. In recent years, Hamsa bin Laden has appeared increasingly in al-Qaeda propaganda. For example, on the 16th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001, the terror network distributed a photo montage showing the faces of Osama and Hamsa bin Laden in the flames of the New York World Trade Center.

Several US media had already reported on the death of Hamsa bin Laden at the end of July. According to earlier information from the US State Department, he has been calling for attacks against the US and Western allies in several Internet embassies since August 2015. The ministry announced in February that a reward of up to one million dollars would be offered to track down Hamsa bin Laden. He had already been put on the US terror list at the beginning of 2017. According to the US State Department, Hamsa bin Laden was born in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in 1989. He is the 15th of about 20 children of bin Laden and the son of his third wife.

lh / haz (dpa, afp)