London:Osama bin Laden’s chosen son – anointed heir to the al-Qaeda warlord amid the rugged Afghan peaks — says his beloved pets were used by his father to test chemical weapons and he was also taught to fire an AK-47 assault rifle in Afghan terrorist training camps.
Omar bin Laden, who had a fractured childhood in Tora Bora in Afghanistan, said he saw the horrific chemical experiments conducted by his father’s henchman, the Sun reported.
“They tried it on my dogs and I wasn’t happy. I just try to forget all the bad times as much as I can. It’s very difficult. You suffer all the time.”
Omar, 41, who turned his back on his blood-soaked jihadi father before 9/11, considers himself “another victim”.
His wife, mentor and confidante Zaina bin Laden — a great grandmother who, when she was known as Jane Felix-Browne, was a parish councillor in Moulton, Cheshire — calls Omar “my soul mate”, the Sun said.
Six-times-married Zaina, 67, said that Omar’s torment over his father — she thinks he suffered PTSD after 9/11 — led him to consult therapists and be prescribed medication.
Omar left Afghanistan in April 2001, just five months before Al Qaeda crashed passenger jets into New York’s Twin Towers, killing almost 3,000 people.
Recalling his last conversation with his father, he revealed: “I said goodbye and he said goodbye. I’d had enough of that world. He wasn’t happy that I was leaving.”
They would never speak again. Omar was in Qatar on May 2, 2011 when he heard the news that US Navy Seals had assassinated his father at a Pakistan safehouse. H