Washington DC: The United States on Thursday designated slain Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's son Hamza bin Laden as a 'Specially Designated Global Terrorist' (SDGT).
Hamza, who is in his twenties, has been designated under section 1(b) of Executive Order (EO) 13224, which imposes sanctions on foreign persons determined to have committed, or pose a serious risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of US nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States, according to a US State Department statement.
The statement said that, as a result of this designation, all property subject to US jurisdiction in which Hamza bin Laden has any interest is blocked and US persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with him.
On August 14, 2015, Hamza bin Laden, son of Osama bin Laden, was officially announced by Al-Qaeda senior leader Ayman al-Zawahiri as an official member of the group.
Today's action notifies the US public and the international community that Hamza bin Laden is actively engaged in terrorism, said the statement.