Hamza bin Laden, son of Osama is dead: US officials


Washington: The United States has obtained intelligence inputs that the son of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, Hamza bin Laden, has died.

However, the details of Hamza Bin Laden’s place or date of death remain unclear.

The official said the US had a role in his death but did not provide details. The official added that the US government recently received evidence that it believes corroborates his death. President Donald Trump declined to comment on Wednesday when asked about the reports. The Department of Defense also declined to comment.

In February, the US government offered $1m for information leading to his whereabouts.

Hamza Bin Laden, thought to be aged about 30, had released audio and video messages calling for attacks on the US and other countries.

Hamza Bin Laden urged jihadists to avenge his father’s killing by US special forces in Pakistan on May 2011.

He had also called on the people of the Arabian peninsula to revolt. Saudi Arabia had stripped him of his citizenship in March.

He married the daughter of a senior al Qaeda leader who was charged by a federal grand jury for his role in August 7, 1998, bombings of the US embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi in Kenya.

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