He was a good kid but people brainwashed him: mother of Osama Bin Laden

Prime News, International (Jeddah), August 4:- Osama Bin Laden, known for years as the world’s deadliest terrorist, was killed in 2011. His legacy, however, still continues. In an interview with The Guardian, Laden’s mother said the path he chose was not Osama’s fault. “He somehow lost his way.”

Born to her first and raised by her second husband, Ghanem – now in her mid-70s, claims that her son was caught between a cult culture and was brainwashed at a young age. She said, “He met some people who pretty much brainwashed him in his early 20s. You can call it a cult.”

Laden studied economics at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah and his mother claims that “the people at university changed him.” Asserting Laden to be a ‘shy boy’ Ghanem said that “he (Laden) became a different man” after he met people like Abdullah Azzam, a member of Muslim Brotherhood. “I would always tell him to stay away from them (people from his university), and he would never admit to me what he was doing because he loved me so much.” adds Ghanem while speaking about his ‘academically capable’ child.

When Osama went to Afghanistan shortly after, his family was apparently proud of his work against the Soviet occupation. He would then go to Sudan, marking the beginning of shame and trouble for the Bin Ladens. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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