Bin Laden Son Calls for Attacks on West

Bin Laden Son Calls for Attacks on WestBin Laden Son Calls for Attacks on West

Al-Qaeda has released an audio message that it claims has come from Hamza bin Laden, a son of Osama bin Laden.

In the message, shared by Al-Qaeda supporters on Twitter, Hamza bin Laden urges attacks on the US and its allies, BBC reported.

"AQ leadership wants Hamza as a future leader: someone loved and inspirational, without a negative reputation or participation in infighting.

"Hamza bin Laden calls to move the war from Kabul, Gaza and Baghdad, to Washington, London, Paris and Tel-Aviv. Urges: 'This is your duty' … Hamza bin Laden urged lone wolf attacks in the US and the West."

The message is believed to be the first time Al-Qaeda propaganda has presented Hamza as an official member of the militant group. There was no mention of the rival Islamic State group in the message.

Osama bin Laden was killed by US special forces in 2011 in a raid on his compound in Abbotabad, Pakistan. The group has since been led by Al-Qaeda's former second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Hamza's whereabouts are not known. He is believed to be in his mid-twenties. It is believed that the message was recorded prior to June but has only just been released.

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

It is believed Hamza took part in attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan as early as ten years ago.


Hamza bin Laden in an undated photo.