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Bin Laden Grandson Killed in Airstrike

Bin Laden Grandson Killed in Airstrike
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By    |   Friday, 05 January 2018 08:18 AM

Osama bin Laden's 12-years-old grandson was killed in an airstrike last year, according to a letter from the child's father, Hamza bin Laden, son of the late 9/11 mastermind, and reported on by multiple sources.

Hamza bin Laden’s letter praised his son's "martyrdom," according to al-Qaeda's propaganda arm, the Global Islamic Media Front, Newsweek magazine reported.

"We console ourselves and you on the martyrdom on the hero cub ... the grandson of bravery ... our son Osama, may Allah have mercy on him," Hamza bin Laden reportedly wrote in the correspondence titled "Letter From Sheikh Mujahid Hamza bin Laden," Newsweek said.

Newsweek said Al-Arabiya, a Saudi-owned media outlet, had speculated that the boy died from an illness, but the website The New Arab pointed to other Middle East news sources that said was killed during an air raid attack on an al-Qaeda base near the Pakistan/Afghanistan border.

Arabi 21 said jihadi sources made the claim that the younger bin Laden was killed by the airstrike, The New Arab noted.

"He was blessed with a martyr's death, as he always wished for himself," Hamza bin Laden wrote in the letter, according to translation made by MEMRI, a research institute that monitors publications from the Middle East, Fox News reported.

"Yes, he wished for this despite his young age. He always wished for this and asked me if he could be a fighter who sacrificed himself. On the last days of his life, when he played with the children, he often acted out his martyr's death. He used to throw himself to the ground, close his eyes, and smile a gentle smile," the letter continued.

Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011 in Pakistan in a U.S. Navy SEAL raid. His son Hamza bin Laden has been named a key figure in the current al-Qaeda terrorist organization, per Fox News.

Few knew what Hamza bin Laden looked like as an adult until the CIA in November declassified a video found in the 2011 raid of Hamza bin Laden’s wedding, Fox News wrote.

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