'Asharq Al-Awsat': Bin Laden's daughter hiding in Saudi embassy in Iran

Asharq Al-Awsat

December 23, 2009 14:36

One of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden's daughters has taken refuge in the Saudi Embassy in Teheran after eluding guards who have held her and five brothers under house arrest for eight years, Saudi-owned newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat reported Wednesday. It has long been believed that Iran has held in custody a number of bin Laden's children since they fled Afghanistan following the US-led invasion of that country in 2001 - most notably Sa'ad and Hamza bin Laden, who are thought to have held positions in al-Qaida. Wednesday's report claims the 17-year-old daughter, Eman, slipped away from guards and fled to the Saudi Embassy. The report quotes the embassy's charge d'affaires confirming she is there. Iranian and Saudi officials would not immediately comment.

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