Posted on 08.12.2019 by Chandana Sirimalwatte in World with 0 Comments
The son and presumed heir of Osama Bin Laden is thought to have been killed at the age of 30, American officials told US media on Agust 1st.
Hamza Bin Laden, nicknamed the ” crown prince of jihad ” and thought to have been groomed to take over the leadership of Al Qaeda, was believed to be living in mountains on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
It is not known how or when he died, but US officials have told journalists in Washington that he was killed in the past two years and that the American government “played a role” in his death.
A US$1 million bounty was put on his head in February, part of a wider scheme to obtain informations on senior jihadists. However, the White House and Pentagon now believe that he was death by then, according to the reports in The New York Times and on the NBC television network.
There was no explanation for the vagueness of the information but the officials said it had taken some time to verify his death. There has been no mention of it on jihadist media channels or social media networks.
Hamza Bin Laden was born in 1989, before his father was exiled from Saudi Arabia, and later lived with him in Afghanistan. He was seen in a family video at about the age of 12, and, much later after after his father’s death, when his own wedding video was discovered. He was marrying the daughter of another Al Qaeda leader.
As a child, he was thought to have spent time under house arrest in Iran with other members of the Bin Laden family. They had fled across the border from Afghanistan as American and anti-Taliban Afgan forces cleared out Al Qaeda hiding places in the wake of September 11,2001. He narrowly escaped the raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan in which Osama Bin Laden was killed by US navy Seals in May 2011. He had been on his way to join his father within days.
His older brother, Khalid, was there, and died alongside their father at the age of 23. Four years later, Hamza Bin Laden appeared in his first al Qaeda audiotape, and has made occasional appearances in the year since, leading many to conclude he was being groomed for leaderpship. However, his voice has not been heard since last year.