Bin Laden: US offers $1m for information on Osama’s son, Hamza

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The United States, US, is offering a reward of up to $1 million for information about one of the sons of the late al-Qaeda leader, Osama Bin Laden.

Hamza bin Laden, whose father was killed by US Navy Seals in 2011, is emerging as a leader in the al Qaeda terror network, according to the US State Department. He is thought to be based near the Afghan-Pakistani border.

Hamza, according to the US State Department “has released audio and video messages on the Internet, calling on his followers to launch attacks against the United States and its Western allies, and he has threatened attacks against the United States in revenge for the May 2011 killing of his father by US military forces”.

In 2011, US special forces killed Osama Bin Laden in a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, a decade after he approved attacks on the US on 11 September 2001, in which nearly 3,000 people were killed.

The State Department said when Osama Bin Laden was killed, items seized from his hiding place in Pakistan indicated he was grooming Hamza bin Laden to replace him as the leader of the terror group.

Hamza, who is believed to be about 30 years old, was officially designated by the US as a global terrorist two years ago. He is married to the daughter of the lead hijacker in the September 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center.

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