In one of the most detailed accounts of Osama bin Laden's life after the September 11 attacks, his youngest wife has told Pakistani investigators that the al-Qaeda leader lived in five safe houses as he travelled across Pakistan with his family for nine years following the 9/11 attacks and fathered four children when he was on the run.
The detailed account of bin Laden's life on the run has been given by his 30-year-old wife Amal Ahmad Abdul Fateh and is contained in a police report dated January 19.
Bin Laden was 54 years old when he was killed last year by US Navy SEAL commandos in Pakistan's Abbottabad.According to the report Fateh said she agreed to marry bin Laden in 2000 because "she had a desire of marrying a mujahid."
In July 2000 she came to Karachi and months later crossed into Afghanistan to join her husband and his two other wives at his base on a farm outside Kandahar.
"The September 11 attacks caused the Bin Laden family to scatter" the New York Times reported.
Fateh returned to Karachi with her newborn daughter Safia and stayed there for about nine months during which she shifted between seven houses arranged by "some Pakistani family" and Laden's elder son Saad.
She then left Karachi in the second half of 2002 for Peshawar where she was reunited with her husband.
At that time the American pursuit of bin Laden was running high since Qaeda operatives had attacked an Israeli-owned hotel in Kenya and nightclubs in Indonesia.
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Adlene Hicheur, 35, who is French-Algerian, is accused of conspiring to organise attacks alongwith the north African wing of al-Qaeda.
His lawyers argue that he only sent some angry e-mails, but never took steps to gather weapons or perpetrate an attack and added there was no proof to prove his concrete terror intentions, The Guardian reports.