Bin Laden fathered four children while on run: Wife

By AFP
Published: March 30, 2012

Amal Abdulfattah’s account provides rare details of the al Qaeda leader’s life. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Osama bin Laden fathered four children as he hid out in Pakistan after the 9/11 attacks, his youngest wife told interrogators, according to a police report seen by AFP on Friday.

Amal Abdulfattah’s account provides rare details of the al Qaeda leader’s life from when he fled Afghanistan in late 2001 until his death aged 54 last May during a US Navy SEAL operation in Abbottabad, in Pakistan.

Abdulfattah, from Yemen, was arrested by Pakistani authorities following the US raid on bin Laden’s compound near the Pakistani capital Islamabad, along with two of his Saudi wives, and her five children.

The three detained widows face charges of illegally entering and residing in Pakistan. Abdulfattah, 30, was shot while trying to protect her husband, according to the US.

The police report, dated January 19, said Abdulfattah was born into a family of 17 children and married bin Laden because “she had a desire to marry a Mujahedeen”, using the term for “holy warrior”.

The report, from the office of the inspector general of police in Islamabad, recommended Abdulfattah and her children be immediately deported.

After arriving in Pakistan in July 2000 on a three-month visa, in the company of her sister and brother-in-law, Abdulfattah travelled to Kandahar, in neighbouring Afghanistan, at the time capital of the Taliban regime.

The date of her marriage to bin Laden was not specified, but the police report said afterwards she moved in with him and his other two wives.

“She further revealed that after the incident of 9/11, they all scattered and she came to Karachi with one of her daughter’s, Safia,” the report said. Safia, her first child by the al Qaeda kingpin, was born in Kandahar in 2001.

She stayed in Karachi for eight to nine months, moving between homes arranged for them by Pakistani families and bin Laden’s oldest son Saad.

Abdulfattah then met back with the fleeing bin Laden in Peshawar. The report suggests that the pair did not part from that moment until the raid in Abbottabad.

They stayed for eight or nine months in Swat, then for two years in Haripur, 90 minutes from Islamabad, before moving to the garrison town of Abbottabad in 2005.

During this time, Abdulfattah had four other children by bin Laden, by then the most-wanted man in the world.

In Haripur, Aasia, a girl, was born in 2003 and Ibrahim, a boy, was born the next year.

On both occasions Abdulfattah gave birth in a public hospital, the police report said.

The other two children, Zainab, a girl, and Hussain, a boy, were born in Abbottabad in 2006 and 2008.

According to the report, the family movements while they were on the run were organised by “Ibrahim and Abrar”, two Pakistanis given responsibility for the task by members of al Qaeda.

Both the men were killed by the Americans during the raid on Abbottabad and had been living in the same compound, along with Ibrahim’s wife, Bushra, and bin Laden’s son, Khalid.

The continued detention of bin Laden’s wives has led to accusations that Pakistan is attempting to muzzle them to stop them from providing details that could embarrass Islamabad or add to suspicions it knew where bin Laden was.

Pakistan was humiliated by the covert American operation that killed the al Qaeda leader in the early hours of May 2, practically on the doorstep of the country’s elite military academy.

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Reader Comments (24)

  • J Oberoi
    Mar 30, 2012 - 4:19PM

    So the Sheikh had been very busy in Pakistan.

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  • Mar 30, 2012 - 4:31PM

    beating the dead horse again

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  • zalim singh
    Mar 30, 2012 - 4:40PM

    four orphans…

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  • Cautious
    Mar 30, 2012 - 4:49PM

    I wonder whether Pakistan’s reluctance to release the widows and children have anything to do with these types of embarrassing disclosures. Perhaps they also can identify some individuals who are tied to the military/ISI?

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  • Hakeem
    Mar 30, 2012 - 4:54PM

    The continued detention of bin Laden’s wives may provoke his supporters to carry out attacks in Pakistan. Be careful.

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  • Yasir Mehmood
    Mar 30, 2012 - 4:56PM

    He was one of the prime reasons for world population growth

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  • Babloo
    Mar 30, 2012 - 4:58PM

    As someone said, this gives new meaning to the phrase “breeding ground of terrorists”.

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  • Babloo
    Mar 30, 2012 - 5:03PM

    Interesting point ..
    “The continued detention of bin Laden’s wives has led to accusations that Pakistan is attempting to muzzle them to stop them from providing details that could embarrass Islamabad or add to suspicions it knew where bin Laden was.”
    I too have been wondering why they have not being deported, as it was initially declared by the government. They want to strike a deal with their families about total silence before they are deported/set free.

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  • Goraya Sb
    Mar 30, 2012 - 5:45PM

    ET reporting regarding OBL is completely biased & prejudiced since the day he got killed.

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  • Goraya Sb
    Mar 30, 2012 - 5:47PM

    @Hakeem: Surely they must be watching how their leader’s family is treated plus they are very senstive regarding their women.

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  • @plarkin
    Mar 30, 2012 - 6:26PM

    @Babloo:

    Were you shaking your head side-to-side and saying: “I’m to be tinking why are they not to be releasing the wives”?

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  • alicia
    Mar 30, 2012 - 6:30PM

    @Goraya Sb.
    Well if he did father 4 children then whats so biased about reporting it?
    And please those taliban are hard-hearted people really doubt they care much about osama’s little kids and wived unless they are looking to increase their ranks.
    Also all those people whose wives and daughters lives were ruined by this mans supposed actions were also sensitive about their women.

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  • Mar 30, 2012 - 7:08PM

    @Yasir Mehmood:

    He was one of the prime reasons for world population growth

    Nope. He’s the reason there was population genocide. He had no issue in murdering and taking away other people’s children, while fathering his own with full government hospital care (I now see why it was better to be in Pak than Afghanistan, for maternity care purposes…yet folks still want Taliban governance. Wither our security agencies?). He especially enjoyed seeing other people’s children used as suicide bombers in markets, masjids, funerals, rallies, etc…

    Good riddance to that criminal …unfortunately we’re still stuck with his extremist sympathizers, apologists and supporters.Recommend

  • Mar 30, 2012 - 7:15PM

    @Hakeem:

    The continued detention of bin Laden’s wives may provoke his supporters to carry out attacks in Pakistan. Be careful.

    Deporting his criminal wives and family will not solve the issue of their worldwide extremist supporters and ideology. They have used many excuses, and if not this excuse, will simply find another excuse to hate and attack. It’s time we put an end to extremism, and uphold the rule of law. Unfortunately the detention is not simply about principles, as it also has to do with insurance for the security services who may have harboured OBL….sadly, so much for the rule of law…

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  • Mar 30, 2012 - 7:29PM

    @Goraya Sb:

    plus they are very senstive regarding their women.

    Yes…let’s give into the extremists’ insensitivities about their criminal leaders’ fugitive women being housed in a mansion, instead of a jail like many other Pakistani women.

    Or maybe it’s just a sign that we’re not clearly sensitive to our own women…such as the ones who get bombed and massacred by extremists, or whose rights will eventually be eroded further when these fanatics come to power, such as being forced to beg or no medical care, etc, besides the other horrendous domestic violence, such as acid victims, or indeed those in jail.

    But let’s forget that and worry about the extremists’ sensitivities for their dear foreign criminal leader’s family.

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  • Thoughtful
    Mar 30, 2012 - 8:11PM

    Send them outside Pakistan so that we may all learn what really transpired.

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  • 1984
    Mar 30, 2012 - 10:40PM

    Wow,while many innocent youth left their family abandoned and strapped suicide bombs on their vest to fulfil the holy war….

    The Sheikh was chilling in a mansion with his three wives and increasing his tribe

    How come Osama sympathisers call him a shaheed when he never did any sacrifice other than releasing few tapes and moving his money to others??

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  • Cynical
    Mar 31, 2012 - 4:00AM

    As a responsible family man it was his duty to preserve and pass on his gene for the posterity.

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  • Singh
    Mar 31, 2012 - 7:23AM

    He was or I say is welcome in Land of pure.

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  • Sky
    Mar 31, 2012 - 8:02AM

    Not to forget. Porn videos were found from his compound.

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  • joy
    Mar 31, 2012 - 10:58AM

    time to name a town in pakistan after OBL:)
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  • sick of this nonsense
    Mar 31, 2012 - 11:03AM

    @joy:
    The rate at which he was cropping up babies im pretty sure a whole town is inhabited by his offspring.

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  • Salim
    Mar 31, 2012 - 5:39PM

    While Pakistan was going through all sorts of problems (terrorist attacks) created by him, the so called Mujahid was honeymooning in Swat with his young wife (fourth). That is why he met an ignominious end.Dumped in the sea for sharks to feed.

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  • Umer
    Apr 1, 2012 - 11:25AM

    I think he got the punishment for all his doing here in this world. Imagine being locked up with four wives in a house for 6 years!! That would make anyone beg mercy. Maybe he phoned the special ops himself!

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