Pakistan: We Have Osama’s Wife, Kids in Custody

They were left behind after a helicopter had mechanical issues
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2011 10:45 AM CDT
An Iraqi man reads a newspaper displaying front page headline that reads in Arabic 'The murdered is killed' in Baghdad on May 3, 2011.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – One of Osama bin Laden's wives and as many as eight children are in Pakistani custody—including a 12- or 13-year-old daughter who reportedly saw Navy SEALs shoot her father and confirmed it was in fact bin Laden who had been killed. A senior Pakistani intelligence official says the relatives will be interrogated and then likely released to their home country, per Pakistani law. Reuters reports that the group was left behind after a transport helicopter had mechanical issues; the other helicopters, which carried bin Laden's body, male captives, and US forces, were at capacity. (One of Osama's sons, his heir apparent, was killed in the raid; click for that story.)

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