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Bin Laden’s son threatens revenge against US

Al-Qaeda scion warns Americans of ‘punishment’ coming for the ‘sinful crime’ of killing his father in 2011

Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden (AP Photo)
Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden (AP Photo)

BEIRUT — Al-Qaeda’s media arm has released an audio in which the purported son of the late al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden threatens revenge against the US for assassinating his father.

In the video released by As-Sahab Saturday, Hamza bin Laden tells Americans that they are accountable for the decisions of their leaders. He says al-Qaeda will continue waging jihad, or holy war, against the US in response to its “oppression” of Muslims.

“If you think that your sinful crime that you committed in Abbottabad has passed without punishment, then you thought wrong,” he says.

Bin Laden was killed in a May 2011 US raid at his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. His son’s whereabouts are not known. Analysts speculate that he may be preparing to take over leadership of al-Qaeda.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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