The young grandson of Osama Bin Laden has died, according to his father Hamza Bin Laden.
Hamza, dubbed the “Crown Prince of Terror” and the heir to the Al Qaeda terrorist group his father once led, announced the death of his son, also named Osama, in a letter published by the terror group.
It is not known how old the younger Osama was or how he died, but one news source said he was likely 12 and died from an illness. Hamza (pictured below) and his family are rarely seen, and are in hiding somewhere in the Middle East. It was only recently that a picture of an adult Hamza surfaced, as only pictures of him as a child were previously seen.
In the letter, Hamza lamented his dead son as a “grandson of bravery” who liked to act out scenes of martyrdom when he played.
The U.S. government has designated Hamza a terrorist, and this past fall, he called on lone wolf terrorists to carry out attacks on America.
A letter written by Hamza, whose father was shot dead by a US Navy Seal team in 2011, mourned the death of the ‘hero cub’ and described his eldest son as ‘the grandson of bravery’ – adding that he liked to play-act scenes of martyrdom.
The note called ‘Letter From Sheikh Mujahid Hamza Bin Laden’, was published by Al-Qaeda’s propaganda arm, the Global Islamic Media Front, along with a picture image of a young Osama and addressed to the Bin Laden family.
It said: ‘We console ourselves and you on the martyrdom on the hero cub… the grandson of bravery… our son Osama, may Allah have mercy on him.’
No details are given about the boy’s age or how he died.
However, Saudi news website Al Arabiya said sources had revealed he was 12 and suggested he had died of an illness.
The note says that young Osama often play-acted scenes of martyrdom while playing with other children – but it is not known where he lived.
In November, Osama bin Laden’s ‘favourite’ son called on Muslims around the world to launch terror attacks on the US for killing his father.
In an audio message, Hamza bin Laden, believed to be around 28, urged Muslims to ‘to take revenge on the Americans, the murderers of the Shaykh [Osama bin Laden], specifically on those who participated in this heinous crime.’
It came just days after Hamza’s wedding video was released, showing the ‘Crown Prince of Terror’ as an adult for the first time.
This was released by the CIA as part of a trove of material recovered during the May 2011 raid that killed the terror group leader at his compound in Pakistan.
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