Raid Also Killed Osama Son, Heir Apparent

'Future al-Qaeda leader' Hamza bin Laden killed

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted May 3, 2011 5:32 AM CDT | Updated May 3, 2011 7:50 AM CDT

(Newser) – Osama bin Laden's youngest son and presumed heir won't be going into the family business. US officials say Hamza bin Laden was killed along with his father in the raid on the Abbotabad compound, reports the Telegraph. Hamza, believed to have been around 20 years old, was the youngest of bin Laden's 18 sons, and intelligence agencies suspect he was being groomed as a future leader of al-Qaeda. Hamza—dubbed the "Crown Prince of Terror"—spoke in an al-Qaeda video released in 2008 and was named as a potential assassin by former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who was killed in 2007. (Click to read about the many conspiracy theories that are bubbling up.)

Hamza bin Laden, then aged around 10, appears in a 2001 al-Qaeda video.
Hamza bin Laden, then aged around 10, appears in a 2001 al-Qaeda video.   (YouTube)
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