Middle East

Bin Laden: Osama's son Hamza 'issues al-Qaeda message'

Undated file photo of Osama Bin Laden Image copyright AFP
Image caption Osama Bin Laden was a fugitive for the final years of his life

Al-Qaeda has released an audio message that it claims has come from Hamza Bin Laden, a son of Osama Bin Laden.

The message is believed to be the first time al-Qaeda propaganda has presented Hamza Bin Laden as an official member of the militant group.

In the message, shared by al-Qaeda supporters on Twitter, Hamza Bin Laden urges attacks on the US and its allies.

Osama Bin Laden was killed by US special forces in 2011 in a raid on his compound in Abbotabad, Pakistan.

The group has since been led by al-Qaeda's former second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Hamza Bin Laden's whereabouts are not known. He is believed to be in his mid-twenties.

During the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, the Al-Jazeera network broadcast footage that appeared to show him among Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.

His audio message, released on an al-Qaeda website, calls upon followers in Kabul, Baghdad and Gaza to wage jihad, or holy war, on Washington, London, Paris and Tel Aviv.

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