US offers $1 million reward to find bin Laden son

The US on Thursday (February 28th) offered a $1 million reward for information on a son of late al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, seeing him as an emerging face of extremism, AFP reported.

The location of Hamza bin Laden, sometimes dubbed the "crown prince of jihad", has been the subject of speculation for years with reports of him living in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria or under house arrest in Iran.

"Hamza bin Laden is the son of deceased former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and is emerging as a leader in the al-Qaeda franchise," a State Department statement said.

The State Department said that it would offer $1 million for information leading to his location in any country.

Bin Laden, who according to the US is around 30, has threatened attacks against the US to avenge the 2011 killing of his father, who was living in hiding in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad, by US special forces.

US intelligence agencies increasingly see the younger bin Laden as a successor to his father for the mantle of global jihad, especially as the even more extreme "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) group is down to its last sliver of land in Syria.

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