WASHINGTON - U.S. officials believe Saad Bin Laden-- the son of the terror kingpin behind the Sept. 11 attacks-- was killed in a U.S. air strike earlier this year.
National intelligence director Mike McConnell told National Public Radio he believes Saad was killed in Pakistan, where he had traveled after spending several years in Iran.
Despite his family connections, Saad was not a heavy hitter for al Qaeda. McConnell added that he was not targeted specifically, but was instead collateral damage.
A body has yet to be recovered, making it impossible to confirm Saad's death.
It is also unclear whether his father was in the vicinity at the time of the air strike.
Saad's death does not impact the operational direction of the war on terror, but there is still some symbolic value to.
The ultimate goal of U.S. troops is to kill or capture his father, who is still the most wanted man in the world and believed to be hiding somewhere in the tribal regions of Pakistan.