Bin Laden's son Hamza bin Laden said to urge attacks on Western cities in new audio

Bin Laden’s son Hamza bin Laden said to urge attacks on Western cities in new audio

Al-Qaeda has distributed an audio message on Twitter in which a man it claims is Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza calls for attacks on London, Washington, D.C. and other allied cities.

If verified, this would be the first time the group has put Hamza forward as a spokesman in their propaganda. He is believed to be in his mid-twenties and is bin Laden’s youngest son.

Hamza was initially reported dead in the 2011 raid in Pakistan which killed his father, but further analysis showed it was another son, Khaled, who had been killed, according to the Telegraph. It is unclear where Hamza was during that raid and his whereabouts since have been unknown.

Since Osama bin Laden’s death, al-Qaeda has been led by Ayman al-Zawahiri, who was his right-hand man. Hamza reportedly took part in attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan as early as ten years ago.

Rita Katz, director of SITE intelligence group, analyzed the recording in a series of tweets.

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