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US puts bounty of INR 7 crore for Osama's son Hamza Bin Laden

Hamza, after his father's death in the raid on Abbottabad, has been on the run. According to some reports, he is hiding in Pakistan on the lawless border with Afghanistan, where Ayman Zawahiri, Bin Laden’s successor as the leader of Al Qaeda, is grooming him to take over.

Saima Siddiqui

Saima SiddiquiBy Saima Siddiqui

Published on 1 March 2019 5:53 AM GMT

US puts bounty of INR 7 crore for Osamas son Hamza Bin Laden
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US puts bounty of INR 7 crore for Osama's son Hamza Bin Laden
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Washington: The United States has put a reward of up to INR 7,08,03,000 for information about the whereabouts of Hamza Bin Laden, the son of the late Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.

Hamza, who is emerging as a key leader of the Islamist terrorist group, was also actively involved in September 11, 2001, US attacks, in which nearly 3,000 people were killed.

He had also released several audio and video messages, in recent years, calling on followers to attack the US and its Western allies in revenge for his father's killing.

The 30-years-old, Hamza was officially designated by the US as a global terrorist two years ago.

He married the daughter of Mohammed Atta, who hijacked one of the four commercial aircraft used in the 2001 attacks, and crashed it into one of the World Trade Center towers in New York.

Letters from Osama Bin Laden seized from his compound in Abbottabad where he was killed indicated that he had been grooming Hamza, thought to be his favourite son, to replace him as leader of Al-Qaeda, according to the State Department.

"We do believe he's probably in the Afghan-Pakistan border (sic) and... he'll cross into Iran. But he could be anywhere though in... south central Asia," said Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security Michael Evanoff.

Hamza, after his father's death in the raid on Abbottabad, has been on the run. According to some reports, he is hiding in Pakistan on the lawless border with Afghanistan, where Ayman Zawahiri, Bin Laden’s successor as the leader of Al Qaeda, is grooming him to take over.

Saima Siddiqui

Saima Siddiqui

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