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The secret life of Osama bin Laden

While the US-led forces were hunting for Osama bin Laden in Pakistan’s unruly tribal areas for years, the al Qaeda chief had been living a secluded life in a million-dollar mansion in Abbottabad for five years, according to one of his wives. Osama's line and lineage

world Updated: May 07, 2011 01:23 IST
PTI & ANI

While the US-led forces were hunting for Osama bin Laden in Pakistan’s unruly tribal areas for years, the al Qaeda chief had been living a secluded life in a million-dollar mansion in the Pakistani garrison city of Abbottabad for five years, according to one of his wives.

Bin Laden usually confined himself to two or three rooms and never went outside, she told the Pakistani military officials.

The report said that women and children found in the compound included three wives of bin Laden.

The military officials also said that bin Laden’s daughter, found in the compound, had told them that she had seen her father being killed on the upper floor of a building and then dragged down a flight of stairs.

A knottier problem may be the fate of Bin Laden’s children. They may now be stateless because of the Saudi-born terrorist’s revoked citizenship status.

The children — aged 4 to 12 — and are being kept in a safe house in Rawalpindi.

While Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry has said it wants to repatriate the children to their country of origin, this may prove difficult since Saudi Arabia had revoked the citizenship of bin Laden back in 1994.