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Osama's wife being treated in Pakistani hospital

The wife of Osama bin Laden is in a military hospital in Pakistan undergoing treatment for gunshot wounds she sustained in the raid that resulted in the death of the al-Qa'ida leader.

Amal Ahmed al-Sadah, who was shot in the leg during the raid, is being treated at the military hospital in Rawalpindi, according to reports on the Arabic news network Al-Arabiya.

It is thought to be the same hospital in which Bin Laden himself was treated on September 10, 2001 -- hours before the attack on the Twin Towers.

Despite being in hospital, the 27-year-old, who was Bin Laden's fifth wife, is now at the centre of a diplomatic custody battle after US attempts to interrogate her appeared to be rejected by Pakistan.

It is suggested US forces had planned to take her with them for questioning. But their plan was dashed when one of their Black Hawk helicopters crashed, meaning there was no room for Bin Laden's wife in the remaining helicopters, which were carrying 25 commandos. Ms al-Sadah's passport -- found in Bin Laden's compound -- showed that she is from Yemen.

Intelligence sources in Pakistan have said that Ms al-Sadah, and the other relatives of Bin Laden currently in hospital, will be returned to their countries of origin when they have recovered. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent