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Osama was blind in one eye, says Zawahiri

Slain al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was blind in one eye after an accident during his youth and was a one-time member of the Muslim Brotherhood, his successor has claimed in a new video tribute to the terror mastermind.

world Updated: Sep 28, 2012 01:57 IST

Slain al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was blind in one eye after an accident during his youth and was a one-time member of the Muslim Brotherhood, his successor has claimed in a new video tribute to the terror mastermind.

Ayman al-Zawahiri, made the claim in an hour-long account of the life of bin Laden, who was killed in a US raid on his compound in Pakistan last year.

In the video entitled Days With The Imam, uploaded to an radical Islamist website, al-Zawahiri also reveals that bin Laden was a one-time member of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The Muslim Brotherhood is Arab world's most influential and one of the largest Islamic movements, and is also the largest political opposition organisation in many Arab states.

Zawahiri revealed "for those who do not know" that Saudi-born bin Laden was left blind in his right eye after an accident during his youth.

He also claimed that the terrorist mastermind was expelled from the Saudi branch of the Muslim Brotherhood for insisting on waging jihad against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan.