(CNN) - The United States government believes Hamza bin Laden, son of Osama bin Laden, is dead, according to a U.S. official.
U.S. officials have been working for some time to confirm the death of Hamza bin Laden, but recently, they found evidence that they believe corroborates his death.
Earlier this year, the U.S. government accused Hamza bin Laden of seeking to encourage attacks against the U.S.
The New York Times reports that he was killed sometime in the last two years.
The Department of State said items seized from Osama bin Laden’s hiding place in Pakistan, where he was killed in 2011, indicate he was grooming his son to replace him as Al Qaeda’s leader.