The U.S. government is offering $1 million for help tracking down the son of the late terrorist leader Osama bin Laden.
A State Department notice Thursday says the reward will be paid for help locating Hamza bin Laden in any country as part its ‘rewards for justice’ program.
The announcement says bin Laden’s son has emerged as a key leader of the al-Qaeda terrorist group who is growing in prominence. His father was killed in a U.S. military raid in Pakistan in May 2011.
‘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.
Hamza bin Laden, who is about 30, was named a ‘specially designated global terrorist’ in January 2017.
The junior bin Laden has released audio and video messages on the internet calling for attacks against the West and has threatened revenge for his father’s 2011 killing by U.S. forces, the department said in a statement.
Osama bin Laden was killed in a covert operation carried out in Abbottabad, Pakistan at a compound where the al-Qaeda leader was holed up.
In addition, Hamza allegedly married the daughter of Mohammed Atta, the ‘lead hijacker and a mastermind’ of the 9/11 attacks.
Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the U.S. and other notorious actions.
Nearly 3,000 people were killed that day, including citizens of roughly 77 countries.
US intelligence agencies increasingly see the younger bin Laden as a successor to his father for the mantle of global jihad, especially as the even more extreme Islamic State group is down to its last sliver of land in Syria.