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'Jealous wife betrayed Osama'

world Updated: Mar 11, 2012 21:49 IST

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Late al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was betrayed by one of his wives, who revealed the location of his hideaway in Pakistan because she was jealous of his youngest spouse, a Pakistani official has claimed.

According to Khairiah Saber, the eldest of Osama's five wives was motivated by revenge because the aging al Qaeda leader was "bedding" Amal Ahmed Abdel-Fatah al-Sada while she slept in a bedroom on the floor below, the Daily Mail reported.

On the other hand, Shaukat Qadir, a retired brigadier who investigated the US operation in which Osama was killed last May, also claims that Saber may have been working with al Qaeda itself.

He believes word that "someone very important" was living in Abbottabad got out to the Taliban, Pakistan’s intelligence service ISI and ultimately the CIA.

Qadir suggests that al Qaeda was looking to cash in on the $25 million bounty on his head. But he said, he has no proof.

Pakistan claims it had not been warned about the raid, but Qadir's claims suggest elements in the intelligence service may have been aware of it.