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'Osama will never be captured live'

Saudi billionaire's former bodyguard said a special gun would be used to kill him in event of his imminent capture.

india Updated: Mar 31, 2006 11:08 IST

Osama bin Laden has no intention of being taken alive. 

He has designated a "special gun" to be shot with in the event of imminent capture, according to one of the Al-Qaeda chief's former bodyguards.

Abu Jandal, who was with bin Laden in Afghanistan from 1996 to 2000, told the CBS news magazine "60 Minutes" that his old boss had given strict instructions on what should happen if he was cornered.

"If he was going to be captured, Sheik Osama prefers to be killed," Jandal said in the CBS interview to be broadcast on Sunday.

"There was a special gun to be used if Sheik Osama bin Laden was attacked and we were unable to save him, in which case I would have to kill him," he said.

Jandal, who lives in Yemen, said he believed bin Laden was hiding out in Afghanistan rather than Pakistan and warned that his most recent threats of another terror strike on the United States should be taken extremely seriously.

"When Sheik Osama promises something, he does it," he said. "So I believe Osama bin Laden is planning a new attack inside the United States, this is certain."

In an audiotape broadcast by the Al-Jazeera Arabic television network in January, bin Laden warned that attacks on the US "heartland" were being prepared.

Jandal also revealed how sheer good fortune had allowed bin Laden to escape a US missile attack -- ordered after the 1998 Al-Qaeda bombings of two US embassies in Africa -- on Al-Qaeda training camps near Khost in Afghanistan.