As part of its “Rewards for Justice” program, the U.S. government has offered a $1 million reward for information leading to the capture of Hamza Bin Laden, Osama Bin Laden’s son.
Hamza, thought to be about 30 years old, was with his father in Afghanistan before the September 11 attacks and spent time with him in Pakistan afterward. The government believes he is emerging as a key al Qaeda leader.
“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 U.S. military forces,” according to the RFJ reward page. “Osama bin Laden’s letters seized from the Abbottabad, Pakistan compound where bin Laden was killed indicate that he was grooming Hamza to replace him as leader of al-Qa’ida.”
Following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001, Hamza married the lead attack hijacker Mohammed Atta.
In the wake of the reward offer, Saudi Arabia announced Friday it had revoked the citizenship of Hamza.
Saudi Arabia similarly stripped his father’s citizenship in 1994 while he was living in exile in Sudan when Hamza was just a child.
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