Hamzu bin Laden is considered the current head of al-Qaida, and his wife is the daughter of a participant in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack.Hamza bin Laden at his wedding. Frame from Hamza’s wedding recording.
The US government announced a million dollar reward for information on the whereabouts of Hamza bin Laden, the son of a former leader of the Al Qaeda terrorist organization. According to the State Department, after the murder of his father by the US military, Hamza bin Laden took his place.
Hamzu bin Laden is considered the direct successor of his father
In May 2011, US Navy Special Forces, supported by aviation, entered the home of Osama bin Laden in the Pakistani suburb of Abbottabad. During the operation, planned by the CIA, the soldiers shot the terrorist, then took his body to Afghanistan and buried it in the sea. Al-Qaida confirmed the death of its leader and promised to avenge him.
The organization was taken over by Islamic theologian Ayman al-Zawahiri, but his level of influence was far less than that of bin Laden. In addition, his leadership was at the beginning of the Arab Spring and the emergence of new radical terrorist cells, including the IG. All of this, coupled, dramatically reduced the reputation of Al-Qaida and its leader.
It is not known at what point after the death of his father Hamza bin Laden became the second head of al-Qaida, along with Ayman al-Zawahiri. According to the US authorities, the letters of Osama bin Laden, withdrawn from his home in Pakistan, ” testify to the preparation of Hamza as his replacement as leader of Al-Qaeda.”
Hamza was born in the Saudi city of Jeddah in 1986 or in 1989. For many years he remained in the shadows and attracted the attention of US intelligence, but in August 2015 in the Internet appeared audio and video messages from his face with a call to destroy the United States and its allies in retaliation for the killing of Osama bin Laden.
In January 2017, the State Department included the “Prince of Jihad”, as Hamza was nicknamed in the media, in the list of particularly dangerous international terrorists. In May of the same year, al-Qaida published a new audio recording of Hamza’s voice calling for terrorist attacks. Ten days later, at a concert of the singer Ariana Grande planned explosion occurred in Manchester, killed more than 20 people, more than 120 were injured. Responsibility for the attack took the IG.
Hamza is married to the daughter of a participant in the September 11 terrorist attack
In November 2017, the CIA publicly posted a database of documents found on Osama bin Laden’s computer. Among them found records from the wedding of Hamza. On them, a young man without a beard sits surrounded by a group of men who read the Koran. On another record, Osama’s son talks to children and makes a football game. In the frame sometimes flashes of Coca-Cola bottles, various sweets and fruits.
In August 2018, The Guardian published a lot of material about the mother and stepbrother of Osama bin Laden. From the article for the first time it became known that Hamza’s wife was the daughter of Mohammed Atta, one of the terrorists who participated in the seizure of four US aircraft on September 11, 2001. The name of the woman and the details of her life are unknown.
As Osama’s mother told reporters, for a long time she did not know whom her grandson married. According to various sources , the former Al-Qaida leader had between 20 and 26 children from several wives. After his murder, many of them were detained by the Iranian authorities and sent under house arrest.
At least two sons of the terrorist were killed during the actions of the American special services and aviation. Some of the wives and children of Osama after his death moved to Saudi Arabia, where they were accepted as refugees by the former prince Mohammed ibn Naif Al Saud.
According to the relatives of Osama bin Laden, they have not seen or contacted Hamza for many years. Supposedly, he is hiding in Pakistan or Afghanistan.
“When we decided that this story was finally over, I learned that Hamza was going to avenge his father. I do not want to go through all this again, ” saidUsama’s brother Hassan al-Attas in August 2018.
If Hamza was standing in front of me now, I would say to him: “Listen to the Most High. Think twice what you do. Do not follow in the footsteps of your father. You enter the dangerous and terrible path of your soul. ”