Taking up his father's mantle: Bin Laden's son calls for 'jihad' against US, allies

Published: August 15, 2015
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Osama Bin Laden was killed in a raid on his compound in Abbotabad in 2011. PHOTO: AFP

Osama Bin Laden was killed in a raid on his compound in Abbotabad in 2011. PHOTO: AFP

Hamza bin Laden, son of slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, has urged followers of the group to wage ‘jihad’ on US and its allies.

In an audio message released by al Qaeda website, which it claimed to be from Osama’s son, Hamza called upon followers in Kabul, Baghdad and Gaza to wage war on Washington, London, Paris and Tel Aviv.

Read: Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri pledges allegiance to new Taliban chief

This is the first time the militant group has presented Hamza as an official member of al Qaeda.

Hamza’s whereabouts are not known.

During the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, the Al-Jazeera network broadcast footage that appeared to show him among Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.

Since Osama Bin Laden was killed in a raid on his compound in Abbotabad in 2011, Ayman al-Zawahiri has been leading the group.

According to documents confiscated from bin Ladens’ Abbottabad hideout by US forces, and released earlier this year, the al Qaeda supremo wanted to nurture Hamza as his successor in the group.

Hamza was due to travel to Abbottabad to join his father when US forces raided the hideout.

The article originally appeared on BBC

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  • Khattak
    Aug 15, 2015 - 11:46PM

    According to Mashahid Hussain, US, China supports Pakistani desire to sponsor reconciliation between Islamic Emirates of Taliban(in Pakistan) & Afghan Government in Kabul. On the other hand Alqaeeda & TTP has just renewed their alliances to Amir ul Momineen Molla Mansoor. Are we supporting those who did the APS massacre? And we want China & US to support the same. Please answer.Recommend

  • Guy Mullins
    Aug 16, 2015 - 10:29PM

    The new book Osama’s Angel from Amazon tells the story of the capture and interrogation of bin Laden at Abbottabad. His plans for future atrocities involve Muslims all over the world, including sleepers in the USA and others in Somalia, Kenya and South Africa.Hamza is another Jihadist well placed to recruit new adherents to the cause.Recommend

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