Hamza Bin Laden stripped off Saudi Citizenship

Hamza Bin Laden stripped off Saudi Citizenship

Riyadh: Hamza Bin Laden, son of late al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden seen as a rising militant leader, has been stripped off his Saudi citizenship, state newspaper Umm al-Qura said Friday.

Hamza Laden had his citizenship removed on February 22 by royal decree, the Saudi newspaper said, quoting the kingdom´s interior ministry. It did not give a reason for the decision.

The US on Thursday offered a $1 million reward for the information on Hamza bin Laden, who it sees as an emerging face of extremism.

Al-Qaeda´s September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States killed some 3,000 people which ahead sparked the US intervention in Afghanistan.

Hamza Laden, who according to Washington is around 30, has threatened attacks against the US to avenge the 2011 killing of its father Osama Bin Laden.

“Since at least August 2015, he has released audio and video messages on the Internet calling on his followers to launch attacks against the United States and its Western allies,” the US State Department said in a statement on Thursday.

The 15th of Osama bin Laden´s 20 children and a son of his third wife, Hamza has been groomed to follow in his father´s footsteps since childhood.