The son of late al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has married the daughter of the terrorist who flew the hijacked American Airlines plane into the Twin Towers in Lower Manhattan on 11 September 2001, his family told Guardian in an exclusive interview. Bin Laden’s half-brothers Ahmad and Hassan al-Atta told the newspaper they heard 29-year-old Hamza bin Laden (pictured middle – Photo courtesy: CIA) tied the knot with daughter of Mohammed Atta and he may be living in Afghanistan. Hamza is son of Khairiah Sabar, one of the surviving wives of bin Laden, and he is believed to be the second-in-command of al-Qaeda led by Ayman al-Zawahiri. Letters seized by US Navy SEALs after killing bin Laden in a secret operation in Pakistan seven years ago suggest that he was grooming Hamza to replace him. Hassan is upset that Hamza wants to avenge his father’s death. He said his advice to Hamza is to follow the path of God and not that of his father. Bin Laden’s mother, Alia Ghanem, told the newspaper she is in touch with his surviving wives and children who have returned to Saudi Arabia which has given them refuge. Last year, the US labelled Hamza a specially designated global terrorist.
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