US intel: Osama bin Laden son and heir Hamza bin Laden is dead
The U.S. has received intelligence that suggests Osama bin Laden’s son and potential successor, Hamza, is dead, NBC News reported Wednesday.
The three US intelligence officials who spoke with NBC declined to share when, where, and how Hamza died, and would not say whether the US was at all involved.
In March, the US government offered $1 million for help tracking down the son of the late terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, as part its ‘rewards for justice’ program.
The announcement said bin Laden’s son has emerged as a key leader of the al-Qaeda terror group who is growing in prominence.
Hamza’s death dispels fears, widely-held in the intelligence community, that he would succeed his father as the spiritual and tactical leader of al Qaeda’s global jihadist movement.
The 30-year-old Muslim terrorist has been dubbed the “crown prince of jihad”. His father, a mastermind of the 9/11 atrocity, was eliminated in a US military raid in Pakistan in May 2011.
Since at least August 2015, he released audio and video messages on the internet calling for attacks against the West and has threatened revenge for his father’s 2011 elimination by US forces.
Last August it was revealed Hamza had married the daughter of Mohammed Atta – the lead hijacker in the 9/11 terror attacks.
Hamza bin Laden is the son of one of Osama’s three surviving wives Khairiah Sabar – who was holed up with her husband in the Abbottabad compound in Pakistan when he was shot dead.
Hamza disappeared from the fortified home near a Pakistani military base just weeks before the dramatic Black Ops raid.
He has since incited to terrorism online, making several public statements calling on Muslim terrorists to murder civilians in Western cities.