Hamza bin Laden, a probable successor of Al-Qaeda, blacklisted
New Delhi : A day after the United States announced a $1 million bounty on Osama Bin Laden's son, the United Nation added Hamza bin Laden's name to the sanctions list, subjecting him to a travel ban, assets freeze and an arms embargo as it described him as being seen as the "most probable successor" of the group's current leader Aiman al-Zawahiri.
On Friday, Saudi Arabia also announced of revoking Hamza's citizenship via a royal decree in November. A Security Council press release said al-Zawahiri has announced that the Saudi Arabia-born Hamza bin Laden is an official member of Al Qaeda.
Hamza bin Laden "has called for followers of Al-Qaeda to commit terror attacks. Is seen as the most probable successor of al-Zawahiri," the powerful 15-member Council said.
Earlier, the Unites States announced a reward for up to USD 1 million for information leading to his identification or location in any country.
"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, and he has threatened attacks against the United States in revenge for the May 2011 killing of his father by U.S. service members," the State Department said.