US offers $1 million reward in hunt for Osama bin Laden's son

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 leader of the al-Qaida terrorist group. His father was killed in a U.S. military raid in Pakistan in May 2011.

It goes on to say: "Hamza married the daughter of Mohammed Atta, the lead hijacker and a mastermind of al-Qa'ida's September 2001 airline terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Osama bin Laden's letters seized from the Abbottabad, Pakistan compound where bin Laden was killed indicate that he was grooming Hamza to replace him as leader of al-Qa'ida."

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In this image from video released by the CIA, Hamza bin Laden is seen as an adult at his wedding. The never-before-seen video of Osama bin Laden's son and potential successor was released Nov. 1, 2017, by the CIA in a trove of material recovered during the May 2011 raid that killed the al-Qaida leader at his compound in Pakistan. The one hourlong video shows Hamza bin Laden, sporting a trimmed mustache but no beard, at his wedding. He is sitting on a carpet with other men. (CIA via AP)
In this image from video released by the CIA, Hamza bin Laden is seen as an adult at his wedding. The never-before-seen video of Osama bin Laden's son and potential successor was released Nov. 1, 2017, by the CIA in a trove of material recovered during the May 2011 raid that killed the al-Qaida leader at his compound in Pakistan. The one hourlong video shows Hamza bin Laden, sporting a trimmed mustache but no beard, at his wedding. He is sitting on a carpet with other men. (CIA via AP)
FILE - In this 1998 file photo made available on March 19, 2004, Osama bin Laden is seen at a news conference in Khost, Afghanistan. Bin Laden, was on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list before the terrorist attacks of 9/11, put there for his role in the 1998 deadly bombings of U.S. Embassies in Tanzania and Kenya, appearing as Usama bin Laden. When he was killed in 2011, the FBI updated the list to include a large red-and-white "deceased" label atop his photograph. (AP Photo/Mazhar Ali Khan, File)
This image taken from video released by Qatar's Al-Jazeera televison broadcast on Friday Oct. 5, 2001 is said to show Osama bin Laden, the prime suspect in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, at an undisclosed location. Al-Jazeera did not say whether the image was taken before or after the Sept. 11 attacks or how they obtained it. At right is bin Laden's top lieutenant, Egyptian Ayman al-Zawahri. Bin Laden is believed to have been at a celebration of the union of his al-Qaida network and al-Zawahri's Egyptian Jihad group. Graphic at top right reads "Exclusive to Al-Jazeera." At bottom right is the station's logo which reads "Al-Jazeera." (AP Photo/Al-Jazeera via APTN)
Hamza Ben Laden (ici lors de son mariage, probablement en Iran) terrorisme undated file video grab released by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) on November 1, 2017 and taken by researchers from the Federation for Defense of Democracies' Long War Journal, shows an image from the wedding of killed Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden's son Hamza. The CIA has put online 470,000 additional files seized in May 2011 when US Navy SEALs burst into the Abbottabad compound and shot dead the leader of Al-Qaeda's global extremist network. According to Thomas Joscelyn and Bill Roggio, scholars from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies who were allowed to study the trove before it was made public, it provides new insights. "These documents will go a long way to help fill in some of the blanks we still have about al Qaeda's leadership," Roggio said. The inclusion of Hamza Bin Laden's wedding video, for example, gives the world public the first image of Bin Laden's favorite son as an adult -- an image apparently shot in Iran.
Reprodução de imagem de vídeo divulgada pela CIA em 1º de novembro de 2017 mostra Hamza Bin Laden em seu casamento
Al Jazeera tv image purportedly showing Hamza bin Laden, a son of Osama bin Laden, handling wreckage of crashed US helicopter, Ghazni, Afghanistan,video still
Al Jazeera tv image purportedly showing Hamza bin Laden, a son of Osama bin Laden, Ghazni, Afghanistan, video still
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Hamza bin Laden was named a "specially designated global terrorist" in January 2017. He has released audio and video messages calling for attacks against the U.S. and its allies.

Al-Qaida was responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the U.S. and other notorious actions.

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