Osama Bin Laden's grandson dies

The grandson of 9/11 mastermind Osama Bin Laden has died, it has been claimed.

The child, named Osama like his terrorist grandfather, was praised for his 'martyrdom' by father Hamza Bin Laden, who jihadis have hailed as the 'heir' to the leadership of al-Qaeda.

A letter written by Hamza, whose father was shot dead by a US Navy Seal team in 2011, mourned the death of the 'hero cub' and described his eldest son as 'the grandson of bravery' - adding that he liked to play-act scenes of martyrdom.

The note called 'Letter From Sheikh Mujahid Hamza Bin Laden', was published by Al-Qaeda's propaganda arm, the Global Islamic Media Front, along with a picture image of a young Osama and addressed to the Bin Laden family.

The child, also named Osama, was praised for his 'martyrdom' by his father Hamza Bin Laden (pictured), who jihadis have hailed as the 'heir' to the leadership of al-Qaeda 

The child, also named Osama, was praised for his 'martyrdom' by his father Hamza Bin Laden (pictured), who jihadis have hailed as the 'heir' to the leadership of al-Qaeda 

A letter written by Hamza, whose father Osama Bin Laden (pictured) was shot dead by a US Navy Seal team in 2011, mourned the death of the 'hero cub' and described his eldest son as 'the grandson of bravery' - adding that he liked to play-act scenes of martyrdom

A letter written by Hamza, whose father Osama Bin Laden (pictured) was shot dead by a US Navy Seal team in 2011, mourned the death of the 'hero cub' and described his eldest son as 'the grandson of bravery' - adding that he liked to play-act scenes of martyrdom

It said: 'We console ourselves and you on the martyrdom on the hero cub... the grandson of bravery... our son Osama, may Allah have mercy on him.'

No details are given about the boy's age or how he died.

However, Saudi news website Al Arabiya said sources had revealed he was 12 and suggested he had died of an illness.

The note says that young Osama often play-acted scenes of martyrdom while playing with other children - but it is not known where he lived.

In November, Osama bin Laden's 'favourite' son called on Muslims around the world to launch terror attacks on the US for killing his father. 

In an audio message, Hamza bin

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