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Osama bin Laden alive, claims son

world Updated: Jul 16, 2010 12:05 IST

Omar bin Laden, one of the sons of Al Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden has said that he believes his father is still alive, and that he still loves him in spite of his links to various terror-related tragedies around the world.

“My dad is on the Earth, but I don’t know where. He’s still alive. If that sort of person dies, you could never make it a secret. The world changes if he dies,” The Sun quotes Omar, as saying.

Omar, 29, says: “It’s a weak son who just wants to be like his daddy. I still love him — of course I do — he’s my father. That’s a normal human situation. I miss him as a father, but we are different. I want peace.”

He adds: “My father said the only good thing to come out of America were weapons — like Stinger missiles.”

Omar reveals that he wants to call his soon to be born baby boy Osama. Omar — who has a son, Ahmad, five, from a previous marriage — says: “If the baby is a boy I might call him Osama — but I hope he will be peaceful in every respect. It’s traditional to use the grandfather’s name again.”

He adds: “I prefer him to be in the Middle East with me. But wherever he is I will take care of him and take care of both his mothers — Louise as well as Zaina because she is carrying my child. She is very pretty.”

Omar, who owns a construction business, says: “When people get angry and upset, they say a lot of things they don’t mean. I don’t hear voices from my father in my head — but I do dream about him a lot.”

“The dream I have is that he is driving a truck and I stand in his way so he has to change direction. I hope to change his way for good, but it’s only a dream.” I admit I’m suffering from depression because of the worry about my family, including two brothers being held in Iran for nine years,” he adds.