Amal Ahmed Abdul-Fattah, the youngest, most favored wife of Osama bin Laden, told interrogators that she has not left the compound where her husband was killed in five years. Abdul-Fattah, who was reportedly in the room when bin Laden was shot dead by Navy Seals, was injured in the leg during the raid. She is said to be in her late twenties.
According to a report, she had not left the compound—not even once—in five years.
Osama bin Laden’s wife has told interrogators she didn’t venture outside the walled compound where the al Qaeda leader was killed for five years, a Pakistani military spokesman said Thursday.
The wife, who was wounded in the raid, said she lived in the compound in Abbottabad with eight of bin Laden’s children and five others from another family, Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas told CNN. All of them have been in Pakistani custody since the pre-dawn U.S. commando raid that killed bin Laden and will be returned to their country of origin, Abbas said.
Abbas said he wasn’t sure from her questioning how long bin Laden had lived there himself or whether he had ventured outside.
Given the length of time that she has lived in the compound, presumably in close proximity to bin Laden, what does this woman know about al Qaeda’s current projects? Its future plans? This information could be invaluable to U.S. intelligence.
But it does not look like the U.S. will have a chance to interrogate Abdul-Fattah. Right now, she is in the custody of Pakistani officials who, apparently, will steer her clear of U.S. interrogators, sending her back to her home country of Yemen after they have finished interrogating her.