US offers $1M for information leading to Usama bin Laden’s son
Written by Lindah Nduwumwami on March 1, 2019
The U.S. Department of State is offering a $1 million reward for information leading to Hazma bin Laden. (CIA via AP)
A reward of $1 million has been offered by the U.S. State Department for information leading to Usama bin Laden’s son.
The agency is offering the hefty sum to those who help locate Hamza bin Laden, the deceased Al Qaeda co-founder’s son, who the government believes “is emerging” as a leader in the terrorist group.
Hamza bin Laden was named a “specially designated global terrorist” in January 2017, according to a news release from the State Department. Since 2015, he has released audio and video messages calling for attacks against the U.S. and its allies, officials said.
A United Nations panel released a report in August that said Al Qaeda is still a global network showing resilience, and it is stronger than ISIS in places like Somalia, Yemen and South Asia — and its leadership in Iran has grown more prominent.
“Al Qaeda’s leadership demonstrates strategic patience and its regional affiliates exercise good tactical judgment, embedding themselves in local issues and becoming players,” the report read.