Washington: US Department of State’s Rewards for Justice Program has said it is offering a reward of up to $1 million for information leading to the identification or location in any country of al-Qaida (AQ) key leader Hamza bin Laden.
Hamza bin Laden is the son of deceased former AQ leader Osama bin Laden and is emerging as a leader in the AQ franchise, read the statement issued by the US Department of State.
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, and he has threatened attacks against the United States in revenge for the May 2011 killing of his father by US service members.
On January 5, 2017, the Department of State designated Hamza bin Laden as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist pursuant to Executive Order 13224.
AQ hit the headlines when on September 11, 2001, its members hijacked and crashed four US commercial jets – two into the World Trade Center in New York City, one into the Pentagon, and the last into a field in Pennsylvania.
Nearly 3,000 civilians, police, and first responders were killed. The dead included US citizens and foreign nationals from at least 77 countries.