US designates Osama’s son Hamza as ‘global terrorist’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Jan 2017 09:08:23


By Lalit K Jha,

WASHINGTON,

Jan 6,

(PTI),

AL-QAEDA leader Hamza bin Laden, the son of the terror group’s slain leader Osama bin Laden, was on Thursday designated as a “global terrorist” by the US. The US move comes nearly year and half after Hamza was officially announced by Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri as an official member of the group.

Hamza, who is in his mid-twenties, has become active as an Al-Qaeda propagandist since his father’s death in 2011. The designation by the State Department imposes sanctions on foreign persons determined to have committed, or pose a serious risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of US nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States.

As a result of this designation, all property subject to US jurisdiction in which Hamza has any interest is blocked and US persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with him.

The State Department said on July 9, 2016, al-Qaeda issued another audio message from Hamza bin Laden threatening revenge against the United States and warned Americans they would be targeted in the United States and abroad.“In 2015, (Hamza) bin Laden called for lone offender attacks against US, French and Israeli interests in Washington, D.C.; Paris, France; and Tel Aviv, Israel,” it said.