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Osama bin Laden’s son dubbed ‘Crown Prince of terror’, US Takes Extreme Precaution

Hamza bin Laden, a son of Osama bin Laden, has been officially designated a global terrorist by the United States and now has a 5 million dollar reward on his head. Hamza, who is now in his late 20’s, was named an official member of al-Qaeda in 2015 and is known as a possible successor to his father. Since then, Hamza has called for attacks against western capitals. The US State Department said it was notifying the international community that “Hamza bin Laden is actively engaged in terrorism.” The official sanction from the U.S. block him from any business dealings with US companies or holding property on US soil in order to expose and isolate individuals and organizations.

The Mirror reports:

Osama bin Laden‘s son has been added to a US counter terrorism sanctions list.

The US Treasury today said Hamza bin Laden, who has been tipped as a future leader of al-Qaeda, had been to the security black list formally recognising him as a global terrorist.

The government also added senior al-Qaeda leader Ibrahim Al-Banna to the list.

The sanctions formally identify the subject as a terrorist to the international community and restricts their ability to garner support for terrorist activities including financial resources.

As a result of the designation, all property subject to US jurisdiction in which Hamza has interests is blocked and US citizens are prohibited from engaging in any transactions with him.

Hamza bin Laden, the 13-year-old son of Osama bin Laden

Ibrahim al-Banna is a senior member of AQAP who has served as the group’s security chief and has provided military and security guidance to AQAP leaders, the State Department said.

The United States has offered a $5 million reward for him.

The bans come only months after Hamza featured in a video promising to take revenge for the assassination of his dad.

Hamza was often reported to be aged 23 or 24 but the US government notice puts his year of birth as 1989, meaning he is aged around 27.

He was born in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

In a statement, the US State Department said: “On August 14, 2015 Hamza bin Laden, son of Usama bin Laden, was officially announced by al-Qa’ida senior leader Ayman al-Zawahiri as an official member of the group.

Osama bin Laden

“In this 2015 audio message from al-Zawahiri, bin Laden called for acts of terrorism in western capitals.

“On July 9, 2016, al-Qa’ida issued another audio message from Hamza bin Laden threatening revenge against the United States and warned Americans they would be targeted in the United States and abroad.

“Specifically, in 2015, bin Laden called for lone offender attacks against US, French, and Israeli interests in Washington, D.C.; Paris, France; and Tel Aviv, Israel.

“Additionally, in 2016, bin Laden called on Saudi Arabian-based tribes to unite with al-Qa’ida’s affiliate in Yemen to wage war against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

“The imposition of sanctions by the United States against terrorists is a powerful tool.

“Today’s action notifies the US public and the international community that Hamza bin Laden is actively engaged in terrorism.

“Designations of terrorist individuals and groups expose and isolate organizations and individuals, and result in denial of access to the US financial system.

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