Pakistan has bin Laden wife, children in custody

By REUTERS
May 3, 2011 17:29

 
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ISLAMABAD - A senior Pakistani intelligence official said one of Osama bin Laden's daughters had seen her father being shot dead by US forces, and was one of about 10 relatives of the al-Qaida leader in custody pending interrogation.

The official, who declined to be identified, said the daughter, aged 12 or 13, was one of the people who had confirmed that the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks had been killed by US commandos in a raid early on Monday.

The relatives -- one of bin Laden's wives and up to eight children -- will be interrogated and then probably turned over to their countries of origin, and not the United States, in accordance with Pakistani law, he said.

The official said the wife and children were left behind after an American transport helicopter, possibly an MH-60 Sea Hawk, was abandoned because of mechanical problems.

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