The 30-year-old son of terror mastermind Osama bin Laden is reportedly dead.
NBC News, citing three U.S. officials, reported the death Wednesday. The officials wouldn’t confirm how or where he died or if the U.S. government played any role in his death. The State Department was offering to pay out up to $1 million for information leading to his whereabouts.
Hamza bin Laden appeared to be an heir to the elder bin Laden’s operations, with the State Department describing him as “an emerging al Qaeda leader” who “has threatened attacks against the United States and allies.” His last known public statement was released by the terror group in 2018, threatening Saudi Arabia and calling for the people of the Arabian Peninsula to revolt.
In the statement offering the $1 million reward, the U.S. said that since his father’s death, Hamza bin Laden has called for retaliatory attacks.
“He has released audio and video messages on the Internet, calling on his followers to launch attacks against the United States and its Western allies, and he has threatened attacks against the United States in revenge for the May 2011 killing of his father by U.S. military forces,” the statement reads.
Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011 during a U.S. raid on the compound where he was hiding in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Documents seized from the compound indicated that the elder bin Laden was grooming Hamza bin Laden to become an al Qaeda leader.
Hamza bin Laden is married to the daughter of Mohammed Atta, the lead hijacker in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks that killed nearly 3,000.
When asked about the reports of Hamza bin Laden’s death, President Trump responded, “I don’t want to comment on it.”
The Washington Examiner reached out to the White House but did not immediately receive a response.
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