Zakaria al-Sadah, whose sister is the fifth wife of the Al-Qaeda leader, said Bin Laden did not want his children and grandchildren following in the same path of terrorism like him.

‘He told his own children and grandchildren, go to Europe and America and get a good education,’ according to an interview with Sadah in The Sunday Times.

Pakistani officials are refusing to release three of Bin Laden’s wives and nine of his children who are being held in a tight security compound in Islamabad.

According to Sadah, who was recently reunited with his sister, his children have been left traumatised by the raid carried out by US Navy Seals on May 2 last year which killed Bin Laden.