Osama bin Laden’s son stripped of Saudi citizenship as US offers $1m reward for information

Hamza bin Laden is said to be emerging as a leader of the al Qaeda terror group which was founded by his father.

Saudi Arabia has stripped Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza of citizenship, after the US announced a $1m reward for help locating him.

A US State Department notice said bin Laden, reported to be 30 years old, had emerged as a leader of the al Qaeda terrorist group.

It is offering the cash as part of its “reward for justice” programme.

Hamza bin Laden

Osama bin Laden’s son shown in CIA footage

The State Department tweeted on Thursday: “WANTED. Up to $1million for information on Hamza bin Laden, an emerging al-Qa’ida leader.

“Hamza is son of [Osama] bin Laden and has threatened attacks against the United States and allies.

“Relocation possible. Submit a tip, get paid.”

Osama bin Laden founded al-Qaeda and was killed by US special forces in 2011
Image:Osama bin Laden founded al Qaeda and was killed by US special forces in 2011

Hamza bin Laden was named a “specially designated global terrorist” in January 2017, and has released audio and video messages calling for attacks against the US and its allies.

His father founded al Qaeda and was described as its spiritual leader.

Profile of Hamza bin Laden

Profile of Hamza bin Laden

The son of the 9/11 mastermind has risen to prominence in al Qaeda

The terror group was responsible for the September 11 attacks in the US that left 2,997 people dead in 2001.

Osama bin Laden was killed in a US military raid in Pakistan in May 2011.

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