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US Offers $1 mln Reward for Information on Osama Bin Laden’s Son

WASHINGTON – The United States announced on Thursday that it would offer a reward of up to $1 million for information about Hamza bin Laden, one of the sons of Osama Bin Laden, AFP reported.
The US State Department asked for details to identify or locate Bin Laden, who, he said was “becoming a leader” in Al-Qaeda.
“Since at least August 2015, he has been broadcasting audio and video messages on the Internet calling on his supporters to launch attacks against the United States and its Western allies, he has threatened to launch attacks against the United States in retaliation for May 2011 murder of his father by US military,” said the US State Department in a press release.
Hamza bin Laden is the son of Khairiah Sabar, one of Osama bin Laden’s three surviving women. Sabar was living with her husband when he was killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan, during a military operation in 2011, a decade after the September 11 attacks. Hamza bin Laden, believed to be around 30, has reportedly lived in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria and even Iran.
Osama bin Laden’s wives and other children returned to Saudi Arabia, where they were greeted by former Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef. They would still be in touch with Alia Ghanem, Laden’s mother.
In August, reports revealed that Hamza bin Laden had married the daughter of Mohammed Atta, the main hijacker during the September 11th terrorist attacks in the United States. He is considered the second in command of current leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in Al Qaeda. Bin Laden reportedly threatened to take revenge on the United States after his father’s death. In January 2017, the United States added it to its counter-terrorism list, banning its citizens from doing business with them.
“Because of this designation, all Hamza bin Laden holdings in the United States owned or controlled by US nationals are frozen and US citizens are generally not allowed to trade with him,” the state department said.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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