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Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza, the crown prince of terror, is believed dead

Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza, the ‘crown prince of terror’, is believed to be dead months after the State Department put a $1M bounty on him

  • The US has reportedly obtained intelligence that Hamza bin Laden is dead
  • He is the son of deceased former Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden 
  • Has released audio and video messages calling for attacks against the US
  • Is a designated terrorist with a $1M State Department bounty for his capture 

The U.S. has reportedly obtained intelligence that the son of Osama bin Laden and potential heir to his terrorist empire, Hamza bin Laden, is dead.

It is unclear whether the U.S. played a role in Hamza bin Laden’s death or whether the death had been confirmed, according to NBC News, which reported the intelligence on Wednesday citing three U.S. officials.

In March, the State Department put out at $1 million bounty for information leading to Hamza bin Laden’s capture.

The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment from on Wednesday.

Hamza bin Laden (above) is believed to be dead, according to U.S. intelligence sources 

According to U.S. authorities, Hamza bin Laden carried forward the radial jihadist ambitions of his deceased father, who was the leader of Al-Qaeda and masterminded the terrorist attacks on 9/11. 

Hamza bin Laden released audio and video messages on the Internet, calling on his followers to launch attacks against the United States and its Western allies, according to the Department of Justice.

He also threatened attacks against the U.S. in revenge for the May 2011 killing of his father by SEAL Team 6 inside a compound in Pakistan. 

Hamza bin Laden’s last known public statement was released by Al-Qaeda’s media arm in 2018, in which he called for followers in Saudi Arabia to rise in revolt against the monarchy. 

Hamza bin Laden is married to a daughter of Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, an Al-Qaeda senior leader who was indicted and charged by a federal grand jury in November 1998 for his role in the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya. 

A video of Hamza’s wedding was found in Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound and released by the CIA in 2017. 

Letters seized from the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed indicate that he was grooming Hamza to replace him as leader of Al-Qaeda.

Hamza bin Laden is believed to have been born in 1989 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

The location of Hamza bin Laden, sometimes dubbed the ‘crown prince of jihad’, has been the subject of speculation for years with reports of him living in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria and Iran.

He is believed to have spent years with his mother in Iran, despite Al-Qaeda’s strident denunciations of the Shiite branch of Islam that dominates the country.

Observers speculated that the clerical regime in Tehran kept him under house arrest as a way to maintain pressure on rival Saudi Arabia as well as on Al-Qaeda, dissuading the Sunni militants from attacking Iran. 


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