30-year-old Amal Ahmad Abdul Fateh, the youngest wife of Osama bin Laden, has given information to Pakistani investigators that reveals that during his nine years on the run, he had five safe houses and fathered at least four children. Two of these children were born in government hospitals. It seems that he was having a busy time, in spite of avoiding being found.
Bin Laden had been in hiding since the 9/11 terrorist attack on the US, but was finally found and killed in May 2011 during an American commando raid. He was 54 years old. His death was closure for the people affected by his terrorist acts.
Bin Laden's wife's statement has created more questions than it has answered as investigators are left wondering how it was possible for Bin Laden, the world's most wanted man, to transport his family around many cities that cover the breadth of Pakistan and for him to remain unnoticed. Ms. Fateh's mentioned very little in her statement about the Pakistani officials that helped to hide them. It is good news though that the world will now have some insight into the movements of Bin Laden during his time in hiding.
The three wives of Osama Bin Laden are now under house arrest. They are of interest to the authorities as they could hold the answers to questions that have remained unanswered since the 9/11 attacks. They have cooperated with Western authorities to varying degrees. Bin Laden's older wives, Kharia Hussain Sabir and Siham Sharif, have been somewhat uncooperative, whereas Ms. Fateh has been reasonably cooperative. Ms. Fateh suffered an injury during the raid which killed her husband. They will be hoping that all three wives will open up and start to give information so that they can detail the exact movements of Bin Laden during this time and find out who is aides, allies, and informants were, so that they can continue attempts to end terrorist activity. With more information, the public will feel safer and less at threat from terrorist activity.
During their nine years on the run, Bin Laden moved his family to many locations, Ms. Fateh told officials in her statement. These included the rural mountains in the northwest region of Pakistan and several small towns close to Islamabad. It was no mean feat to do this undetected by western authorities.
Ms. Fateh had five children with Bin Laden, four of which were born during their time on the run. She is now left as a widower with children who will grow up in the shadows of their father's actions, a burden that they will carry throughout their lives.
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