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Did Osama Bin Laden Advise His Kids Against A Life Of Terror?

Osama bin Laden, the slippery chief of the dreaded terrorist group Al-Qaeda, was shot dead by a CIA-led team at a compound inside Pakistan last year.

Did Osama bin Laden, the great Islamic leader who had promoted Jihad as a sacred duty of all Muslims advise his children against a life of terror?

According to family sources, Bin Laden, the face behind the horrific Sept. 11 attacks that killed 3,000 people didn’t want his children to follow his footsteps.

"He told his own children and grandchildren, go to Europe and America and get a good education. You have to study, live in peace and don't do what I am doing or what I have done," says Zakara al-Sadah, whose sister Amal was the al-Qaeda chief's fifth wife.

Though none have been charged with any crime, Bin Laden’s family has been captive in an Islamabad flat for months against their will. They are closely guarded by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) spy agency.

Family members held captive in Pakistan
Osama bin Laden, the slippery chief of the dreaded terrorist outfit Al-Qaeda, was shot dead by a CIA-led team at a compound inside Pakistan last year.

The 54-year-old Muslim fanatic had been on the run since the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan overthrew the ruling Taliban regime, which had given refuge to the Saudi exile.

Three of Bin Laden’s wives and nine of his children were discovered in a compound in Abbottabad, about 65km north-east Islamabad, during the military operation.

Though none have been charged with any crime, Bin Laden’s family has been captive in an Islamabad flat for months against their will. They are closely guarded by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) spy agency.

Sadah, a 24-year-old journalism student has come from Yemen to secure their release but Pakistani officials have refrained from issuing them with passports believing they are harboring vital information.

Children traumatized
According to Sadah, the kids who had witnessed their father killed in raid are still troubled by the events of that fateful day.

Cooped up in the flat 24/7 they refuse to eat and have not seen sunlight for over nine months.

Sadah stated, “These children have seen their father killed and they need a caring environment, not a prison - whatever you think of their father and what he has done."

"They have never had a normal life. They do not know what it is like to see the sun and to run around the garden. It breaks my heart to see them."

Moreover, Amal, a Yemini and the Osama’s two other wives, Khairiah and Siham from Saudi Arabia, have gone on a hunger strike as a protest against their forced imprisonment.

Senior Pakistani officials meanwhile stated on Sunday that they are ready to free the family.

“They are with us now and are living a comfortable life. It’s a case of waiting for their respective countries to take them back,” the official said.