The death of Hamza bin Laden, who had been groomed by his dad to become his successor, on Wednesday afternoon.
Three officials confirmed the intelligence, but refused to offer further information on when or how Saudi Arabian-born Hamza died, and if the US played a role in his death, NBC News reported.
The US State Department offered a $1million reward for information leading to his capture in February this year. The White House has not yet commented on rumors of Hamza’s death.
Hamza’s last known public statement was released by Al Qaeda’s public relations department in 2018.
That saw him issue a threat against Saudi Arabia and called on the people of the Arabian peninsula to revolt. Hamza was born to Khairiah Sabar, one of Osama bin Laden’s three wives.
The terror heir married a daughter of high-ranking Al Qaeda operative Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah when he was 17.
He was dubbed the ‘Crown Prince of Terror’ in 2008 after a poem said to have been written by him was unearthed. It said: ‘Accelerate the destruction of America, Britain, France and Denmark.’
August 2015, he released an audio message which saw him call on followers to wage jihad (holy war) on Washington, Paris, London and Tel Aviv.
In 2019, his brother Omar bin Laden denied a report in The Guardian that Hamza had married a daughter of 9/11 hijacker Mohamed Atta. Hamza moved with his late father to Afghanistan in 1996, and appeared in propaganda videos after bin Laden Sr declared war on the United States.
The infamous terror mastermind became the world’s most wanted man after plotting the September 11 2001 attacks on New York, Washington DC and Pennsylvania.
A total of 19 Al Qaeda terrorists killed 2,977 people after flying airliners into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington DC and crashing a third jet into a field in Somerset County Pennsylvania.
United Airlines’ flight 93 is believed to have been intended to strike the White House or US Capitol in Washington DC, but was flown into the ground after passengers fought back against the hijackers.
That saw then-President George W Bush declare a ‘war on terror,’ and subsequently invade Afghanistan and Iraq.
Bin Laden Sr spent almost a decade on the run, before being killed following a raid by US SEALS on the compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where he was living in in May 2011.
There was no sign of Hamza in the compound. After shooting bin Laden dead, US forces took his corpse to Afghanistan to identify it, then buried him at sea within 24 hours of his death in a bid to stop any grave becoming a terrorist shrine.