The United States Thursday announced a $1 million award for tracking down son of killed al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, Hamza Bin Laden, New York Times reported. According to the announcement, Hamza has emerged as the new leader of the group.
Osama was killed in a US military raid in Pakistan in May 2011 and was widely known for being responsible for the 9/11 attacks in the US.
The notice says the reward will be paid for help locating Hamza bin Laden in any country as part its “rewards for justice” program. “Hamza bin Laden is the son of deceased former AQ leader Osama bin Laden and is emerging as a leader in the AQ franchise,” AFP quoted a statement by State Department, referring to Al Qaeda.
In January 2017, Hamza was named a “specially designated global terrorist”. Earlier, in 2015, he released audio and video messages calling for attacks against the US and its allies. A year later, he released a message calling for the overthrow of the leadership in Saudi Arabia.
Hamza, who according to the United States is around 30, has threatened attacks against the United States to avenge the 2011 killing of his father, who was living in hiding in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad, by US special forces, AFP reported.