U.S. offers reward of $1m for tip-off on Osama’s son

Mar 01, 2019, 1:55 AM EST
Osama Bin Laden's son Hamza is emerging as the leader of al-Qaeda.
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The U.S. is offering a reward of $1m for information about one of the sons of deceased al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden. Hamza Bin Laden, believed to be about 30 years old, has released several videos on the internet fomenting jihadist attacks on the U.S.

The U.S. authorities have no concrete information on Hamza, who they speculate, could be living in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region and might cross over to Iran, writes the BBC.

Hamza, dubbed the “crown prince of jihad,” has been rising up the ranks of al-Qaeda, which weakened after the May 2011 killing of its leader Osama, reports Standard Media. The documentary material recovered from the Abbottabad compound, where the U.S. forces eliminated Osama, suggest that Hamza was being groomed by the leader to take the reins of the group.

Hamza has been particularly active with online propaganda since 2015, keeping the U.S. intelligence agencies on their toes. The U.S. recognizes the threat in al-Qaeda’s potential revival and has thus been pursuing Hamza, its emerging leader.