WASHINGTON – The United States has been notified that the son and potential successor to Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, Hamza bin Laden, is dead, according to three US officials.
The officials would not disclose where or when Hamza bin Laden died or whether the United States played a role in his death. It is unclear if the US has confirmed his death.
Hamza bin Laden's last known public statement was released by al-Qaeda's media arm 2018. In doing so, he threatened Saudi Arabia and urged the people of the Arabian Peninsula to rebel.
Hamza bin Laden is believed to have been born around 1
Navy SEALS killed Osama bin Laden in 2011 during a raid on his Abbottabad, Pakistan compound. Hamza was not found at the association. Letters seized from the association suggested that the elder bin Laden wanted his son to join him in Abbottabad and take care of him as leader.
In an article in September 2017, counterterrorism expert and former FBI agent Ali Soufan said: "Hamza is preparing for a leadership role in the organization his father founded" and is "likely to be favorably perceived by jihadi's rank and file "With the Islamic State's" caliphate ", apparently on the verge of collapse, Hamza is now the figure best to reunite the global jihadi movement."
In February, the Foreign Ministry announced that it would pay as much as $ 1 million for information about Hamza bin Laden's whereabouts.
The department's program for terrorism rewards described the younger bin Laden on Twitter as "a prominent al-Qaeda leader" who "has threatened attacks on the United States and allies."
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Carol E. Lee and Ken Dilanian contributed.