When Osama Bin Laden’s wife revealed everything that happened the night he was killed
In 2011 Bin Laden was living in Abbottabad, along with three of his four wives and their children.
The story of the night when US forces killed the Al-Qaeda chief has been told and retold many times. However, the most authentic source, the eyewitness, Amal Bin Laden, once recalled the frightening events of the night of the 1st of May 2011.
Speaking to authors Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clarke, for their book The Exile: The Stunning Inside Story of Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda in Flight, Amal narrated that in 2011 Bin Laden was living in Abbottabad, along with three of his four wives and their children.
Recalling the events of that night Amal said, around 11 pm she woke up to the sound of a helicopter. The sounds must have been getting closer as they woke Osama too, and the first thing he uttered was, “Americans are coming.” After that, a loud screeching sound shook the entire house.
The couple crept towards the balcony and saw two US military Black Hawks and 24 SEALs rushing over the lawn towards the compound.
The Seals blew off the house’s gate and entered within seconds.
“They want me, not you,” Bin Laden shouted, telling his family to go downstairs. But the oldest daughters, Marium and Sumaiya, hid on the balcony.
Osama, Amal, and their young son Hussain remained in the room, praying. “I realized someone from our inner circle had deceived us,” said Amal.
Meanwhile, the Seals broke through a locked door, entered the house, and headed upstairs. Amal was right in front of Osama and rushed towards the Seals to stop them.
She was shot and fainted onto the bed. They then killed Osama Bin Laden, and as more Seals entered the room, more rounds were fired into his body.
With pain and a wounded leg, Amal tried to see what was happening but knew she had to play dead to survive, so she closed her eyes and slowed her breathing.
Meanwhile, Amal saw little Hussain being grabbed by one of the Seals, and water was thrown in his face, while Marium and Sumaiya were caught and held over their father’s body and demanded to identify the man.
“My father,” Mariam murmured. “Osama Bin Laden.”
The Al-Qaeda chief’s body was then dragged down the stairs by the special forces.
Amal concluded, “the end they had never dared to discuss had come and gone in minutes.”
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