US offers USD1 million reward to find bin Laden’s son

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States (US) on Thursday offered a USD1 million reward for information on a son of late al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, seeing him as an emerging face of extremism.

The location of Hamza bin Laden has been the subject of speculation for years with reports of him living in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria or under house arrest in Iran.

“Hamza bin Laden is the son of deceased former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and is emerging as a leader in the al-Qaeda franchise,” a State Department statement said.

The State Department said that it would offer USD1 million for information leading to his location in any country.

Bin Laden, who according to the US is around 30, has threatened attacks against the US to avenge the 2011 killing of his father, who was living in hiding in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad, by US Special Forces.

Meanwhile, Hamza bin Laden has been stripped of his Saudi citizenship on February 22 by royal decree, the kingdom’s Umm al-Qura newspaper said yesterday quoting Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry.