Sunday 20 October 2019

Reward of $1m offered to find bin Laden's son


Hamza bin Laden, son of Osama bin Laden
Hamza bin Laden, son of Osama bin Laden

Tom Barnes

The US government is offering a $1m (€880,000) reward for information that helps trace the son of the late al-Qa'ida leader Osama bin Laden.

The state department said it was seeking Hamza bin Laden, who is widely thought to be emerging as a leader within the extremist group.

His exact whereabouts has been unknown for a number of years, although various reports have speculated that he may be living in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria or Iran.

Saudi-born Hamza, thought to be around 30 years old, was named as a "specially designated global terrorist" by Washington in January 2017.

His father was killed during a US military raid in May 2011 on the secret complex where he had been living in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Since then, Hamza has used audio and video messages on the internet to call for revenge attacks against America and its Western allies.

The state department said Hamza married the daughter of Mohamed Atta, the leader of the group of al-Qa'ida hijackers on 9/11 who carried out the attack on the World Trade Centre. It added letters seized from bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad had indicated he was grooming his son to one day replace him as leader of the group.

Although al-Qa'ida has orchestrated a long list of terror incidents across the world, it remains best known for the September 11 attacks in 2001, which killed almost 3,000 people and injured 6,000 more. (© Independent News Service)

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