Bin Laden’s son ‘killed’ in drone strike

Author: Reuters

Sa’ad bin Laden, a prominent figure in the murky relationship between Iran and
Al-Qa’ida was believed to have gone to Pakistan after spending a number of
years under house arrest in Iran, US intelligence officials said in January.

A missile fired from a US drone aircraft is believed to have killed him
sometime this year, NPR cited an unnamed U.S. counter-terrorism official as
saying on its website.

US intelligence agencies were “80 to 85 per cent” certain Sa’ad bin Laden was
dead, the official said, adding that he was not important enough to be
targeted himself but was “in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

It was not clear whether Sa’ad bin Laden was near his father when he died, NPR
added.

The official described him as being active in Al-Qa’ida, but not a major
player. He was thought to be in his late twenties.

US forces have stepped up their drone attacks in Pakistan since last
September, targeting Taliban and al Qaeda-linked militants in areas
bordering Afghanistan.

The United States has carried out close to 50 such air strikes since the
beginning of last year, killing about 470 people, including many foreign
militants, according to a tally of reports from Pakistani intelligence
agents, district government officials and residents.

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