The United States has said it is willing to pay up to pay up to $1 million for information on the whereabouts of the son of Osama bin Laden, Hamza bin Laden.
According to the US State Department, the son of the al Qaeda leader is said to be emerging as a leader in the al Qaeda terror network, CNN reports.
Briefly.co.za recalls that Osama bin Laden was killed by US Navy Seals in Pakistan in May 2011.
The US State Department said in a statement: "He has released audio and video messages on the Internet, calling on his followers to launch attacks against the United States and its Western allies, and he has threatened attacks against the United States in revenge for the May 2011 killing of his father by US military forces.”
Items that were seized after his father’s death indicated that Hamza was being groomed to replace his father as the leader of the terror group.
The State Department said Hamza, who is between ages 30 and 33, is married to the daughter of the mastermind of the September 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center.
Meanwhile, it was previously reported that the Boko Haram group affiliated with the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP), suffered huge casualties in Baga from troops of the newly formed Nigerian Army Special Forces Command (NASFC), Operation Lafiya Dole.
The spokesperson for the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General SK Usman, in a statement on Thursday, January 10, said the troops, particularly 707 Special Forces Brigade, dealt a decisive blow that killed several terrorists along Baga axis despite prior warning to them by some unpatriotic elements.
The army spokesperson said: "The Special Forces commenced clearance operations on 28th December 2018, where they cleared Zare, Gudumbali, Kukawa and Cross Kauwa without any resistance from suspected terrorists.
"However, at Cross Kauwa, the unfortunate ISWAP terrorists made a costly mistake of raising their ugly heads. In professional fashion the troops exploited the situation to instantly and decisively neutralise the insurgents and captured some equipment."
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