White House says bin Laden son killed in US operation

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says Hamza bin Laden, the son of the late alQaida leader who had become an increasingly prominent figure in the terrorist organization, has been killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation in the AfghanistanPakistan region.

A White House statement gives no further details, such as when Hamza bin Laden was killed or how the United States confirmed his death.

The statement says Hamza bin Ladens death not only deprives alQaida of important leadership skills and the symbolic connection to his father, but undermines important operational activities of the group.

As leader of alQaida, Osama bin Laden and others plotted the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. U.S. Navy SEALs killed him in a raid on a house in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in 2011.

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