NEW YORK: Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden outlined how at least $29 million stashed in Sudan should be apportioned after his death, requesting that most of it be used to continue global “jihad”, documents, signed by the jihadi, revealed.
From “About $29 million” in the Sudan remaining of bin Laden’s personal wealth, presumably inheritance from his wealthy father’s Saudi construction firm, “the bulk of it was to go into the pot … for jihad”, ABC US cited a senior intelligence official as explaining.
The official spent years studying the cache of Al-Qaeda documents which were seized by the US Special Forces personnel during the 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden’s hideout in Abbotabad, Pakistan.
Bin Laden lived in the Sudan and funded well-publicised road projects in the country till 1996, when he relocated to Jalalabad in Afghanistan, now under Taliban rule.
Bin Laden himself explained in the letters that he had “received twelve million dollars from my brother Abu Bakir Muhammad Bin (Laden) on behalf of Bin Laden Company for Investment in Sudan. I hope, for my brothers, sisters to obey my will and spend all the money that I have left in Sudan on Jihad, for the sake of Allah”.
The documents also revealed that the Al-Qaeda leaders were increasingly worried about spies in their group, drones patrolling the skies and secret devices tracking their movements.