Saudi Arabia revokes citizenship of Hamza bin Laden

2019-03-01 21:00
An undated file video grab of killed Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden's son Hamza. (Federation for Defence of Democracies, Handout, AFP)

An undated file video grab of killed Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden's son Hamza. (Federation for Defence of Democracies, Handout, AFP)

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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 on 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 $1m reward for information leading to his capture as part of its "Rewards for Justice" programme.

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 US and its allies.

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

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