The 12-year-old grandson of former Al-Qaeda Chief Usama bin Laden was killed in an airstrike along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, the boy’s father announced in a leaked letter where he praised his son a “martyr.”
The grandson, Osama bin Laden, was reportedly killed during an air raid on an Al-Qaeda base sometime last year, The News Arab reported. His father Hamza bin Laden addressed the boy’s death in two letters posted on social media and obtained by MEMRI, a research institute that monitors publications from the Middle East.
“He was blessed with a martyr’s death, as he always wished for himself. 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,” the father said, according to MEMRI’s translation sent to Fox News.
It added, “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.”
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One version said the 12-year-old boy died “on the land of Khorasan and Afghanistan” and is reportedly the fifth son in the bin Laden family to be killed.
“The Laden family makes its fifth sacrifice on the pure land of Afghanistan and Khorasan for the sake of Allah may He be exalted,” the letter said.
Hamza bin Laden, the son of Usama bin Laden who was the mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks and was killed in 2011 in Pakistan by the U.S. Navy SEAL, has been propped up by Al-Qaeda as a key figure in the terrorist organization. However, he was shrouded in mystery until the CIA declassified in November documents seized in the 2011 raid of bin Laden’s compound that included a video of Hamza bin Laden’s wedding.
The video was the first image released of bin Laden as an adult.
Fox News’ Catherine Herridge contributed to this report.
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