Published: Thu, August 01, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Osama bin Laden's son believed to be dead

Osama bin Laden's son believed to be dead

The son of Osama bin Laden, Hamza bin Laden, is dead, the New York Times reported Wednesday.

USA officials have yet to provide any details around Hamza bin Laden's reported death or if the us was involved in any manner.

While The New York Times said the operation that killed him took place prior to the State Department's reward offer, his death had yet to be confirmed by the USA government.

Five months ago, the US State Department released a statement offering a hefty $1million bounty for information leading to Hamza's whereabouts.

In April, the US Government announced a $US1 million ($1.41 million) reward for information that helped track him down.

The US State Department also added: "Hamza bin emerging as a leader".

Last August, it was revealed Hamza had married the daughter of Mohammed Atta, the lead hijacker in the 9/11 terror attacks. Hamza went with him and appeared in al-Qaeda propaganda videos.

Hamza bin Laden was considered a possible future leader of his father's Al Qaeda terrorist group.

Bin Laden's exact date of birth has been disputed, but The Associated Press said most put it in 1989, a time when his father, Osama, was already forming al Qaeda. He was eventually allowed to leave Iran, then reportedly moved with his family to the Pakistan border region.

But the proliferation of branches and associated jihadist groups in Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and elsewhere have underscored its continuing potency.

"There is no longer an excuse for those who insist on division and disputes now that the whole world has mobilised against Muslims", he said. That statement threatened Saudi Arabia.

Hamza bin Laden was already dead, though the military had not confirmed it yet.

Counterterror expert and former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Ali Soufan commented on speculation of Hamza's expected role as al Qaeda's leader, stating in a 2017 article, "Hamza is being prepared for a leadership role in the organization his father founded".

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