US announces that they believe Osama bin Laden's wanted son is dead

US announces that they believe Osama bin Laden's wanted son is dead

- The United States has announced that it believes Osama bin Laden's wanted son, Hamza bin Laden, is dead

- The officials claimed that intelligence officers had evidence that corroborated his death

- However, President Donald Trump and the White House have yet to comment on the same

- The officials believe Hamza was killed about two years ago during an attack led by the US

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After years of searching for the late al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's son, Hamza, the United States has announced that it believes Hamza is dead.

However, they did not provide further details on the date or place.

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US believes Osama bin Laden's  wanted son Hamza is dead

Hamza's death was announced by US officials who said the US had a role in his killing but did not provide further details. Photo: CNN.
Source: UGC

A report by CNN showed intelligence officials had confirmed on Wednesday, July 30 that they had received evidence that they believe corroborates his death.

Further reports indicated the operation that led to the killing of Hamza took place in 2017.

However, both the US President Donald Trump and the White House declined to comment on the report or indicate whether any announcement was imminent.

In February 2009, the US called bin Laden, believed to be in his early 30s, an "emerging" leader in al Qaeda, placing a $1 million bounty on his head.

When the US government offered the reward, it said Hamza, through video recordings, had urged his followers to attack the US and its Western allies, CNN reported

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It added: "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," said the State Department.

"He has threatened attacks against the United States in revenge for the May 2011, killing of his father by US military forces."

The State Department also noted items seized from the elder bin Laden's hiding place in Pakistan after his death indicated he was grooming Hamza to replace him as al Qaeda's leader.

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

Saudi Arabia then revoked Hamza's citizenship in March 2019, official newspaper Um al-Qura reported earlier this year, citing a royal order issued to the interior ministry.

Hamza's whereabouts have never been pinpointed.

He was believed to have been under house arrest in Iran, but reports suggest he also may have resided in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Syria.

Briefly.co.za previously reported that the United States said it was willing 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 was said to be emerging as a leader in the al Qaeda terror network.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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