U.S. imposes sanctions against bin Laden son

Friday, 6 January, 2017 - 17:30

The Obama administration imposed sanctions Thursday on a son of Osama bin Laden, saying the younger bin Laden poses a risk to U.S. national security.

The State Department said Hamza bin Laden has been added to its Specially Designated Global Terrorist list after he was "determined to have committed, or pose a serious risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security."

Hamza bin Laden was officially named an al-Qaida member in 2014 by his father's successor, Ayman al-Zawahiri.

The State Department says the younger Laden — in a 2015 audio message — called for acts of terrorism in Western capitals. In an audio message last year, he threatened revenge against the U.S. and warned Americans they would be targeted at home and abroad.

The State Department also announced penalties against Ibrahim al-Banna, a senior member of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. He served as that group's security chief and provided military and security guidance to its leadership.