The U.S. has reportedly obtained intelligence that the son of Osama bin Laden and potential heir to his terrorist empire, Hamza bin Laden, is dead.
It is unclear whether the U.S. played a role in Hamza bin Laden’s death or whether the death had been confirmed, according to
No further details were provided about when, where or how Hamza bin Laden is thought to have died.
In March, the State Department put out at $1 million bounty for information leading to the capture of Hamza bin Laden, who is roughly age 30.
The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment from DailyMail.com on Wednesday.
Hamza bin Laden (above) is believed to be dead, according to U.S. intelligence sources
Hamza bin Laden (left as a child) is the son of deceased former Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden (right) who is believed to have groomed him to take over the terror group
In March, the State Department put a $1M reward for information leading to Hamza bin Laden
According to U.S. authorities, Hamza bin Laden carried forward the radial jihadist ambitions of his deceased father, who was the leader of Al-Qaeda and masterminded the terrorist attacks on 9/11.
Hamza bin Laden released audio and video messages on the Internet, calling on his followers to launch attacks against the United States and its Western allies, according to the Department of Justice.
He also threatened attacks against the U.S. in revenge for the May 2011 killing of his father by SEAL Team 6 inside a compound in Pakistan.
Hamza bin Laden’s last known public statement was released by Al-Qaeda’s media arm in 2018, in which he called for followers in Saudi Arabia to rise in revolt against the monarchy.
Hamza bin Laden is married to a daughter of Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, an Al-Qaeda senior leader who was indicted and charged by a federal grand jury in November 1998 for his role in the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya.
A video of Hamza’s wedding was found in Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound and released by the CIA in 2017.
Hamza bin Laden (left) is seen as a child playing with helicopter wreckage in terrorist training videos. The Taliban said the wreckage is from a U.S. helicopter that went down
Letters seized from the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed indicate that he was grooming Hamza to replace him as leader of Al-Qaeda.
Hamza bin Laden is believed to have been born in 1989 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
The location of Hamza bin Laden, sometimes dubbed the ‘crown prince of jihad’, has been the subject of speculation for years with reports of him living in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria and Iran.
Some believed that he spent years with his mother in Iran, despite Al-Qaeda’s strident denunciations of the Shiite branch of Islam that dominates the country.
Observers speculated 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 militants from attacking Iran.
On March 1, 2019, Saudi Arabia announced that it had revoked Hamza bin Laden’s citizenship, concurrent with the reward being announced by U.S. authorities.
At that time, the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden exclusively told DailyMailTV that he believed Hamza bin Laden was hiding in Pakistan, protected by drug lords.
Rob O’Neill told DailyMailTV host Jesse Palmer: ‘I liked that the State Department put out $1 million reward even though I think he’s worth more than that. It’s a lot of money for someone that might turn him in – but $5 million is better. The more they offer, the more chances that someone’s going to turn him in.
‘It will come down to human intelligence – who saw him and where. You have to wade through the lies because a lot of people will say they saw him now, to try and get the money.’
Al-Qaeda’s September 11, 2001 attacks were the largest terrorist loss of life on U.S. soil, claiming the lives of 2,977 victims and sparked the U.S. intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan.
O’Neill was a member of SEAL Team 6 which stormed Osama bin Laden’s compound under cover of darkness in Abbottabad, Pakistan, almost eight years ago after a decade of work by multiple U.S. military intelligence agencies had pinpointed a concrete location.
OSAMA BIN LADEN’S KNOWN 23 CHILDREN BY FIVE WOMEN
Abdullah bin Laden
Sa’ad bin Laden
Children with first wife Najwa, 59
Abdullah bin Laden, aged 43
Abdul Rahman bin Laden, aged 41
Sa’ad bin Laden, died aged 30 in an American drone strike in Pakistan in 2009
Omar bin Laden, aged 38, married British-born Jane Felix-Browne in 2006 after they reportedly met while horseback riding in Egypt. In 2008 Jane said Omar wanted to be ‘an ambassador of peace’ between Muslims and the West
Mohammed bin Laden, aged 36
Osman bin Laden, aged 36
Fatima bin Laden, aged 32
Laden bin Laden, aged 30
Iman bin Laden, aged 29
Rukhaiya bint Laden, aged 22
Nour bin Laden, aged 20
Omar bin Laden with his former British wife Jane Felix-Browne in 2008
Wife Khadijah Sharif, 71
Ali bin Laden, aged 33
Amer bin Laden, aged 29
Aisha bin Laden, aged 27
Wife Khairiah Sabar, 69
Khalid bin Laden
Hamza bin Laden, aged 30
Wife Siham Sabar, age unknown
Miriam bin Laden, aged 29
Sumaiya bint Laden, aged 27
Khalid bin Laden, who was killed aged 23 in the SEAL Team 6 raid with his father in 2011
Wife Amal al-Sadah, 36
Safiyah bin Laden, aged 18
Aasiah bin Laden, aged 16
Ibrahim bin Laden, aged 15
Zainab bin Laden, aged 13
Hussein bin Laden, aged 11
Hussein, Zainab and Ibrahim, three of the five children he had while on the run