One of Osama Bin Laden’s sons has claimed that his father trained him to follow in his footsteps, making him shoot guns as a child in Afghanistan and use his dogs to test weapons. chemistry.
In an interview with The Sun while on a visit to Qatar, Bin Laden’s fourth eldest son, Omar, claimed he was a “victim” and was trying to forget his “bad times”. with his father.
The 41-year-old, who now lives with his wife Zaina in Normandy, France, recalls Bin Laden telling him he was the chosen son to continue his job. However, he chose to leave Afghanistan in April 2001, just months before the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York.
“I said goodbye and he said goodbye. I’ve had enough of that world. He wasn’t happy when I left,” he told the newspaper.
“I’ve seen it,” he said, referring to the chemistry experiments conducted by his father’s henchmen.
“They’ve tried it on my dogs and I’m not satisfied. I’m just trying to forget all the bad times I can. It’s hard. You always have to suffer,” he said.
Now a painter, Omar believes his art is like therapy and his favorite subject is “the mountains after living in Afghanistan for 5 years”. His artwork sells for up to £8,500 a painting.
“They give me a sense of security, like I’m invulnerable,” Omar, born in Saudi Arabia to Najwa, Bin Laden’s first wife, said in March 1981.
“My father never asked me to join Al-Qaeda, but he told me that I was the chosen son to continue his work. He was disappointed when I said I was not suitable. with that life,” he said.
When asked why he thinks his father chose him as his heir, he told the newspaper: “I don’t know, maybe because I’m smarter, that’s why I’m alive today.” Zaina, his 67-year-old wife, told the newspaper that Omar was her “soulmate” and believed he was “traumatized, stressed and panicked”.
“Omar both loved and hated Osama. He loved him because he was his father but hated what he did,” she said.
As reported by ‘Sun’, Omar was in Qatar on May 2, 2011, when he heard that the US Navy Task Force had assassinated his father, who was hiding in a safe house in Pakistan. . The official US account is that Bin Laden’s body was buried at sea from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson within 24 hours of his death.
However, Omar expressed doubts: “It would have been much better to bury my father and know where his body is. But they didn’t give us a chance.
“I don’t know what they did to him. They said they threw him into the sea but I don’t believe it. I think they brought his body back to America for everyone to see.”
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