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News Front PageAfricaAmericasAsia-PacificEuropeMiddle EastSouth AsiaUKBusinessHealthScience & EnvironmentTechnologyEntertainmentAlso in the news-----------------Video and Audio-----------------ProgrammesHave Your SayIn PicturesCountry ProfilesSpecial ReportsRelated BBC sitesSportWeatherOn This DayEditors' BlogBBC World ServiceLanguagesEspanolBrazilCaribbeanMore Page last updated at 10:23 GMT, Thursday, 23 July 2009 11:23 UK E-mail this to a friend Printable version Bin Laden son 'believed killed' It is not known if Osama Bin Laden was in the same location as his sonOne of Osama Bin Laden's sons is believed to have been killed by a US missile strike in Pakistan earlier this year, a US intelligence official says.The official told National Public Radio agents were "80 to 85%" sure Saad Bin Laden was dead, but added that without a body it was hard to be certain.

The son was not deliberately targeted and happened to be "in the wrong place at the wrong time", the official said.

Saad Bin Laden was active in al-Qaeda but not a major player, he added.

House arrest"We make a big deal out of him because of his last name," the senior intelligence official told the US-based radio station.

Saad Bin Laden was Osama Bin Laden's third son and in his late 20s.

US intelligence agencies believe he fled to Pakistan after spending several years under house arrest in Iran.

He was probably killed by a Hellfire missile fired from a US Predator drone, the official said.

He gave no date for the strike, saying only it was "sometime this year".

It is not known if he was in the same location as his father, who is believed to be hiding in the rugged mountainous tribal area that runs along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

The US has stepped up its drone attacks on targets linked to al-Qaeda and Taliban militants in the area.

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