"Today's action notifies the US public and the global community that Hamza bin Laden is actively engaged in terrorism".

The State Department imposed sanctions on the son of deceased al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden on Thursday. "Today's action notifies the US public and the global community that Hamza bin Laden is actively engaged in terrorism".

Hamza was not in the compound with his parents during the raid, in which Osama Bin Laden was killed.

The State Department said in a statement that 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 USA nationals or the national security".

The U.S. State Department has classified Hamza bin Laden, son of former al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, as an worldwide terrorist.

Hamza bin Laden is now believed to be in his mid-20s. A July message from him threatened revenge against Americans in the USA and overseas.

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In 2016, bin Laden also urged tribes in Saudi Arabia to unite with al-Qaida's Yemen affiliate to attack Saudi forces, the statement said. "Designations of terrorist individuals and groups expose and isolate organizations and individuals, and result in denial of access to the US financial system". The designation also increases the profile of the individuals and can assist law enforcement agencies in the USA and its allies to apprehend the terrorists.

The State Department also imposed this designation on Ibrahim al-Banna, a senior member of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Al-Banna is also subject to a United States government bounty of up to $5 million.

Al-Qaida founder Osama bin Laden was killed by USA special forces in Pakistan in 2011. Osama died four years earlier on May 2, 2011, when members of SEAL Team 6 killed him during operation Neptune's Spear in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

Hamza Bin Laden reads a poem at al-Qaeda gathering.

Since the 2011 raid, al-Qaeda has been run by Ayman al-Zawahiri, who previously served as the late bin Laden's deputy.