Bin Laden blew himself up to escape capture, bodyguard says

Bin Laden “wore an explosive belt for the last ten years of his life," his bodyguard reportedly said. (File photo: AFP)

Osama bin Laden blew himself up to avoid being captured, a bodyguard of the former al-Qaeda leader told Gulf News on Monday.

“U.S. special forces did not kill Osama Bin Laden. He detonated himself to avoid being captured after American forces raided his hiding place in Pakistan in 2011,” said Nabil Naim Abdel Fattah, a former leader of Islamic Jihad in Egypt.

“The American president lied when he claimed that Bin Laden was buried in the sea,” he added.

Abdel Fattah acknowledged that he was not present at the scene, but said he “heard what happened there from Bin Laden’s cousin.”

Bin Laden “wore an explosive belt for the last ten years of his life. He insisted on never handing himself over to the Americans. The American intelligence had planned to capture him alive, but they miscalculated. He blew himself up to avoid being captured because he wanted to protect his secrets until death,” Abdel Fattah said.
 

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