Osama bin Laden sister and stepmother feared dead in UK plane crash

Osama bin Laden sister and stepmother feared dead in UK plane crash

Saudi ambassador offers condolences to the family amid reports that relatives of the al-Qaida leader were among four killed in Hampshire crash

The sister and stepmother of the former al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden were reportedly among the dead after a business jet crashed at a private airport in Hampshire and ploughed into a car auction centre.

A family friend told NBC that the dead included Osama bin Laden’s stepmother Rajaa Hashim, his half-sister Sana bin Laden and her husband Zuhair Hashim. Their names have been widely reported on multiple Arabic media websites, but are not yet confirmed by police or family members. Saudi princess Basmah bint Saud, who is based in London, released a statement on her official website naming the victims, saying she heard the news with great sadness.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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