$1 Million Reward Offered By US, To Find Osama Bin Laden's Son

$1 Million Reward Offered By US, To Find Osama Bin Laden

$1 Million Reward Offered By US, To Find Osama Bin Laden's Son 

New Delhi:  A reward of $1 million was offered by the United States in exchange for the information on Hamza bin Laden, the son of late Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. The United States sees him as an emerging face of extremism.

Known as the "crown prince of jihad," his location 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 AQ leader Osama bin Laden and is emerging as a leader in the AQ franchise," a State Department statement said, referring to Al-Qaeda.

A reward of $1 million has been offered by the State Department in exchange of offer for information leading to his location in any country. 

According to the United States, Hamza bin Laden is around 30 and has threatened attacks against the United States to avenge the 2011 killing of his father, who was living in hiding in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad, by US special forces.

According to the US intelligence, Hamza is seen as the younger bin Laden as a successor to his father for the mantle of global jihad, especially as the even more extreme ISIS group is down to its last sliver of land in Syria.

Hamza bin Laden, in 2015 had released an audio message urging terrorists in Syria to unite, claiming that the fight in the war-torn country paves the way to "liberating Palestine."

And in a message a year later, following in the footsteps of his father, he urged the overthrow of the leadership in their native Saudi Arabia.

After the killing of Osama bin Laden, his three surviving wives and children were quietly allowed to return to Saudi Arabia.

However, the whereavouts of junior bin Laden have been a matter of dispute. He is believed to have spent years along with his mother in Iran, despite Al-Qaeda's strident denunciations of the Shiite branch of Islam that dominates the country.

Observers say that the clerical regime in Tehran kept him under house arrest as a way to maintain pressure on rival Saudi Arabia as well as on Al-Qaeda, dissuading the Sunni terrorists from attacking Iran.

One of Hamza bin Laden's half-brothers told The Guardian last year that Hamza's whereabouts were unknown but that he may be in Afghanistan.

He also said that Hamza bin Laden married the daughter of Mohammed Atta, the lead hijacker in Al-Qaeda's September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States that killed some 3,000 people and sparked the US intervention in Afghanistan.