Osama Bin Laden, labelled as a terrorist by the United States, was killed by an American special operation team in 2010 in northern Pakistan. His death was announced by former US President Barack Obama.
Ayman al-Zawahiri, who helped Bin Laden plan the 9/11 attacks, was killed in a US drone strike in Afghanistan this weekend. President Joe Biden on Monday announced the killing of al-Zawahiri, delivering a significant counterterrorism win just 11 months after American troops left the country.
Who was Osama Bin Laden?
Bin Laden, born to a wealthy businessman in Saudi Arabia in 1957, had been recognised as a terrorist by multiple western nations. He conducted various attacks overseas, including the 9/11 attacks and East-African bombings. He was also linked to the attempted bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993.
Bin Laden married Najwa in 1974, years before he went to King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah to pursue engineering. He had 11 children with Najwa and got divorced days before the 9/11 attacks, CNN reported. He remarried at least five times.
Attacks conducted by Osama Bin Laden
According to a press release from the FBI, Bin Laden has been majorly involved in three attacks that killed multiple people. Bin Laden trained Ramzi Yousef to plant a truck bomb at the World Trade Center. The plan was foiled, but six people were killed and more than a thousand were injured.
Osama Bin Laden was linked to the deadly US embassies attacks of 1998 in east African countries. Al Qaeda operatives reportedly bombed embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya, FBI said. More than 200 people were killed.
On September 11, 2001, Osama Bin Laden-trained operatives of Al Qaeda hijacked four planes in the United States. Two of these aircraft were flown into the Twin Towers of New York City. The third one went down on the Pentagon office in Virginia. The fourth plane crashed in a field in rural Pennsylvania. More than 3,000 people were killed in the 9/11 attacks.