Pakistan police detail Osama bin Laden's life on the run
March 30th, 2012
02:28 PM ET

Pakistan police detail Osama bin Laden's life on the run

Osama bin Laden spent years on the run in various parts of Pakistan after the 2001 terrorist attacks, moving from one safe house to another and fathering four children, and at least one was born in a government hospital, his youngest widow has told Pakistani investigators.

The deposition of the widow, identified by police as Amal Ahmed Abdul Fateh, gives the clearest picture yet of bin Laden's life while international forces hunted him.

The Yemeni woman's statement confirms beliefs about the al Qaeda leader's evasion of authorities and raises questions about the Pakistanis who helped him keep a low profile.

The world's most wanted man remained undetected until U.S. Navy SEALs killed him during a raid in May 2011.

Fateh and bin Laden's other two widows - identified by U.S. officials as Khairiah Sabar and Siham Sabar - have been in Pakistani custody since the raid. Pakistani authorities have started legal proceedings against the widows for allegedly entering Pakistan illegally and alleged forgery.

A source familiar with the widows' case told CNN the three women will be charged Monday with living in Pakistan illegally. The maximum sentence is 10 years in prison.

The source said the Yemeni government has expressed readiness to let Fateh return home. Saudi Arabia, where the other two women are from, has been more resistant.

In the January 19 police report, first published by the Pakistani newspaper Dawn and obtained by CNN on Friday, Fateh said she had always wanted to marry a mujahed, or holy warrior. When word of her arranged marriage to bin Laden came in 2000, she flew to Pakistan, crossed the Afghanistan border at Quetta and went to Kandahar.

She did not recall exactly when, but she was married before the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.

She lived with bin Laden and his two other wives until the attacks. After that, she told police, the family "scattered."

She said she returned to the southern port city of Karachi with her eldest daughter, Safia, and stayed in a flat for about eight or nine months. She said that "all the things were arranged by some Pakistani family and Saad," bin Laden's eldest son.

They moved six or seven times in Karachi before she met bin Laden in the border city of Peshawar. They moved to the Swat Valley, living in two houses over an eight- or nine-month period.

Next, they shifted to Haripur, also in northern Pakistan. Fateh's daughter Aasia was born there in 2003 and son Ibrahim the next year. Fateh said she stayed in a hospital on both occasions.

They finally settled in Abbottabad in 2005 and stayed there six years before bin Laden was killed.

Fateh had two more children in Abbottabad - daughter Zainab was born in 2006 and son Hussain in 2008.

Fateh said two families, whom she called the Ibrahim and Abrar families, stayed with them while they were in Swat, Haripur and Abbottabad, and "everything was arranged by them."

She said some members of those two families were killed in the raid, as was bin Laden's 20-year-old son, Khalid.

She told police she never applied for a visa during her stay in Pakistan.


Filed under: Afghanistan • Osama bin Laden • Terrorism
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