Mother-in-law dies on news of Osama bin Laden killing

Nabih al-Ghanem, the mother of bin Laden`s first wife, Najwa, was taken to a hospital in Latakia in northern Syria where she died after suffering the stroke.

Last Updated: May 08, 2011, 22:28 PM IST

Dubai: Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden`s
first mother-in-law died of a stroke after hearing the news
that US forces killed him in Pakistan, a London-based Arabic
newspaper reported on Sunday.

Nabih al-Ghanem, the mother of bin Laden`s first wife,
Najwa, was taken to a hospital in Latakia in northern Syria
where she died after suffering the stroke, the Asharq Al-Awsat
daily said.

It said the woman in her 70s "could not bear the bad
news and lost consciousness" after US President Barack Obama
announced bin Laden`s killing by US commandos during a raid in
Pakistan on May 2.

Bin Laden had married Najwa, his Syrian-born cousin,
when he was 17, and they had 11 children, the paper said,
adding she had left Afghanistan a few days before the
September 11, 2011 terror attacks on the United States and now
lives in Syria.

In January last year, Asharq Al-Awsat reported that a
son of the Al-Qaeda leader had been allowed to leave Iran to
look for his mother in Syria.

Part of the bin Laden family, whose whereabouts have
been unclear since the 9/11 attacks, was in Iran, the daily
said, adding that bin Laden had taken a second wife in 1983
and they had three children before divorcing.

Numerous people had lived alongside bin Laden in his
dwelling in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The compound housed three of
his wives and a dozen of their children, according to
Pakistani authorities.

At least five people were killed during the US
assault, bin Laden, whose body was taken by the Americans, one
of his sons, his two bodyguards -- known as the "Kuwaitis" --
and a woman, according to Pakistani security sources.

The survivors -- three women and their children -- are
in Pakistani army detention.

During interrogation, the youngest of the wives, Amal
Ahmed Abdulfattah, a 29-year-old Yemeni, had told
investigators that bin Laden had lived in the villa for five
years.

PTI