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Saudi Arabia Revokes Citizenship of Osama Bin Laden's Son After US Offers $1 Million Bounty

The US State Department said on Thursday it was offering a reward of up to $1 million for information leading 'to the identification or location in any country' of Hamza bin Laden.

Associated Press

Updated:March 1, 2019, 8:42 PM IST
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Saudi Arabia Revokes Citizenship of Osama Bin Laden's Son After US Offers $1 Million Bounty
Pic of Hamza bin Laden , son of Osama bin Laden (Image: AFP)
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Dubai: Saudi Arabia announced on Friday it had revoked the citizenship of Hamza bin Laden, the son of the late al-Qaida leader who has become an increasingly prominent figure in the terror network.

Saudi Arabia revoked his citizenship via a royal decree in November, a notice published Friday by the kingdom's official gazette said.

There was no explanation why the order was only becoming public now. However, the announcement comes after the US government offered a $1 million reward for information leading to his capture as part of its "Rewards for Justice" program.

Bin Laden's son has emerged as a leader of the al-Qaida terrorist group. His father was killed in a US military raid in Pakistan in May 2011.

Hamza bin Laden was named a "specially designated global terrorist" in January 2017. He has released audio and video messages calling for attacks against the U.S. and its allies.

Al-Qaida was responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the U.S. and a host of other assaults against Western interests.​

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