According to Osama Bin laden’s family, Hamza bin Laden, son of the former al Qaeda chief has married the daughter of Muhammad Atta, lead hijacker in the 9/11 attack, The Guardian reported.
The marriage was confirmed by Osama’s half-brothers during an interview with The Guardian. They also stated Hamza, had taken a senior position within al Qaeda and was aiming to avenge his father’s death.
Hamza Bin Laden is the son of Khairiah Sabar, one of the three surviving wives of Osama, who was also present in the compound in Abbottabad where the al Qaeda chief was killed during a US Navy SEAL operation.
Hamza has now assumed the position of a deputy to the terrorist outfit’s current leader Ayman al Zawahiri.
Despite his current whereabouts being unknown, it is possible that Hamza could be in Afghanistan, Osama’s brother Ahmed Al Attas told The Guardian.
Western intelligence agencies have also focused a great deal on locating Hamza, seeing him as someone likely to arouse and gather followers.
Hamza’s marriage confirms that the 9/11 alumni still remains central in al Qaeda, with the terrorist outfit itself still being organised around Osama Bin Laden’s legacy.
In recognition of his current status within the terrorist outfit, the US government labelled Hamza a specially designated global terrorist in January 2017, his assets could be blocked and anyone who maintains contact with him could face arrest.
Bin Laden’s wives and surviving children returned to Saudi Arabia where they were given refuge following his death.
Hassan al Attas told The Guardian that he does not want Hamza to follow his father’s footsteps adding that “he did not want to go through something like that again.”
“If Hamza was in front of me now, I would tell him: God guide you. Think twice about what you are doing. Don’t retake the steps of your father. You are entering really negative and horrible parts of your soul.”
The family claims they did not maintain any contact with the Osama from 1999 until his death in 2011, and also haven’t heard from Hamza nor received any messages from him.
This story originally appeared in The Guardian