Washington: The United States of America has offered US dollar 1 million reward to find former Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden‘s son Hamza bin Laden in the wake of the latter emerging as a leader of the terror outfit. The US announced a bounty for information on Hamza bin Laden’s location in any country after he threatened attacks against the States to avenge the killing of his father in 2011.
As per reports, it is under speculation for years that Hamza has been living in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria or under house arrest in Iran. A State Department statement read, “Hamza bin Laden is the son of deceased former AQ leader Osama bin Laden and is emerging as a leader in the AQ franchise.”
Assistant Secretary for (DS), US Department of State, Michael T. Evanoff said that the announcement by the US resolves to use new tools to counter Al-Qaeda and its future leadership. Nathan Sales, Ambassador-at-large and Coordinator for Counter-terrorism, US Dept of State also claimed that the Al-Qaeda has been relatively quiet but that is a strategic pause, not a surrender. He said, “Make no mistake. Al-Qaeda retains both the capability and the intent to hit us.”
In 2015, Hamza had released an audio message urging terrorists in Syria to unite, claiming that the fight in the war-torn country paves the way to liberating Palestine. A year later, he urged the overthrow of the leadership in their native Saudi Arabia.
Hamza bin Laden’s whereabouts have been a matter of dispute. He is believed to have spent years along with his mother in Iran. One of his half-brothers had said that Hamza’s whereabouts were unknown but that he may be in Afghanistan.
He had also said that Hamza married the daughter of Mohammed Atta, the lead hijacker in Al-Qaeda’s September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.
Osama bin Laden who was living in hiding in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad was killed by US special forces in 2011.