Bin Laden's daughter 'saw forces shoot her father dead'
Published 04/05/2011 | 05:00
Osama bin Laden's youngest daughter saw US special forces storm the family's hideout and shoot her father dead, Pakistani security sources have claimed.
The girl was said to be 12 or 13 years old. Reports suggest she was Bin Laden's youngest child, Safia, who was born to his fifth wife. The child -- who is said to have helped the US identify the al-Qa'ida leader's body -- is believed to be in custody in Pakistan.
According to briefings given by officials in Pakistan's lead spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence directorate (ISI), up to 18 people were in the compound at the time of Monday's raid.
Survivors inside the fortress-like villa included several children who may have been related to the al-Qa'ida leader, according to the ISI.
One survivor, possibly one of Bin Laden's sons, was captured by the Americans and taken away with the special forces in a helicopter. Eight or nine other children who may also be Bin Laden's relatives were arrested by Pakistani forces.
According to the ISI official, all the survivors had their hands tied by the Americans before the elite US Navy Seals team left.
The relatives who survived the raid -- one of Bin Laden's wives and the children -- will be interrogated and then probably turned over to their countries of origin, and not the US, in accordance with Pakistani law, ISI sources said.
The claims from the ISI contradict some details of the raid given by the White House. The White House has so far not commented on the reports of captives seized during the raid. (© Daily Telegraph, London)