Monday, 21. April 2014
15. 12. 09. - 15:00
By Thomas Hochwarter
Fugitive Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden’s son has said his father will never be found.
Omar bin Laden, the terrorist leader’s fourth-oldest son, said: "I’m not surprised he has not yet been caught. You should have lived at my side to see how physically strong my father is."
"His condition is better than that of a man half his age. (…) He knows the mountains of Tora Bora like other people know their back garden – as if he put every single stone there himself," the 28-year-old added in an interview with Austrian magazine News.
Omar Bin Laden said for months he could not believe that his father was responsible for the 9/11 attacks. "I only believed he did it when I heard his voice saying so," he said.
And Omar – who left his family to escape the terror camps masterminded by his father just months before 9/11 – revealed he felt "tortured everyday" by the thought of the thousands of victims who were killed on 11 September 2001.
Omar– who teamed up with his mother Najwa Bin Laden and American bestseller author Jean Sasson for "Growing Up Bin Laden" – claimed he was "the opposite of my father".
"While he prays for war, I pray for peace," he said.
Omar, who lives in Saudi Arabia today, also revealed his father had not given any of his sons attention and had beaten them.
"He was very strict. One of my first memories dates back to when he fought against the Soviets in Afghanistan. He wasn’t home for months and when he finally returned, he sat in the living room in front of maps.
"I was just a little boy who wanted his attention, so I jumped around in front of him. I hoped he would pay attention. Suddenly he stood up and told me to get my brothers. I was happy since I thought he would play with us. But instead, we had to line up, and he started to beat us with his walking stick," he said.
Speaking about the terror squads he was once a member of, Omar said: "These men are driven by hate – hate for the West, hate for the Jews, and especially hate for America. These men are convinced it is their duty to serve in the Holy War."
Omar said he found it hard for a long time to live a "normal life" since living a life under the reign of his evil father was the only life he had known.
He revealed Western secret agents once approached him to ask for help in finding his father.
"I’m not sure whether they were CIA agents. They contacted me when I was in Spain. They were very polite. They showed me a map and asked me to tell them where my father was.
"But I had to tell them I didn’t know since I hadn’t been in touch with him after leaving my family in 2001," Omar said.
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