Al-Qaeda heir Hamza bin Laden killed in air strike: US media

Slain al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza, the potential heir of the global group, has been killed in an air strike, US media reported, citing intelligence officials.

The US has obtained intelligence that Hamza bin Laden, is dead, NBC News quoted three unnamed American officials as saying.

The officials would not provide details of where or when Hamza died or if the US played a role in his death, the report said on Wednesday.

Hamza’s last known public statement was released by al Qaeda’s media arm in 2018. In that message, he threatened Saudi Arabia and called on the people of the Arabian peninsula to revolt. Saudi Arabia stripped him of his citizenship in March this year.

A US official told CNN that the government recently received evidence to corroborate Hamza’s death. The New York Times reported that Hamza was killed in an operation within the last two years.