Hamza bin Laden, the son and possible successor to terror kingpin Osama bin Laden, is dead, a new report said Wednesday.
The US has gathered intelligence that the al Qaeda leader’s son had died, NBC News reported, citing a trio of US officials.
The sources would not discuss details of where or when the younger bin Laden died or if the American military played a role in his demise, though the US did offer a $1 million reward for his capture in March.
Hamza bin Laden’s last known public statement, released by al Qaeda in 2018, included threats against Saudi Arabia and called on the people of the Arabian peninsula to revolt against their rulers.
Navy SEALS killed Osama bin Laden in 2011 during a raid on his Abbottabad, Pakistan, hideout.
Hamza was not found at the compound, but letters seized from the compound suggested the top 9/11 plotter wanted his son to join him in Abbottabad so he could groom him as a leader.
“Hamza is being prepared for a leadership role in the organization his father founded” and was “likely to be perceived favorably by the jihadi rank-and-file. With the Islamic State’s ‘caliphate’ apparently on the verge of collapse, Hamza is now the figure best placed to reunify the global jihadi movement,” counterterror expert and former FBI agent Ali Soufan said in 2017, according to the network.