Osama bin Laden son dead: al-Qaeda’s Hamza ‘killed’ after strike ‘takes him out’

hamza bin ladenReports suggest Hamza bin Laden is dead (Image: REX-Shuttershock)

Hamza bin Laden was once dubbed the “Crown Prince of Jihad” and has a $1million (£822,000) reward for information leading to his capture. NBC reported three US officials have said Washington has received intelligence saying the younger bin Laden has died. The son of the former al-Qaeda leader was believed to be hiding in either Pakistan, Afghanistan or Iran - where he may have been under house arrest.

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The US State Department - Washington’s equivalent of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office - had previously issued a statement claiming bin Laden was emerging as a potential replacement to his father, killed in 2011 by US special forces.

The statement said he was "emerging as a leader in the AQ franchise”.

It added: "Since at least August 2015, 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".

The State Department have also said: "On January 5, 2017, the Department of State designated Hamza bin Laden as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist pursuant to Executive Order 13224.

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"As a result of the designation, all of Hamza bin Laden’s assets based in the United

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