MYSTERY last night surrounded the whereabouts of the Calderdale wife of Osama bin Laden’s son.
Former Todmorden resident Jane Felix-Browne, 55, married Omar bin Laden, 30, in 2007 and changed her name to Zaina Mohammed Al-Sabah.
It is believed the couple may be in Qatar. But, speaking to the Courier last night, Zaina refused to elaborate on her location.
But she did confirm that she and Omar knew that Osama bin Laden had been killed by US troops.
The man regarded as the mastermnind behind the 9/11 atrocity in America and the July 7 transport bombings in London.;
Despite media reports last year stating that Omar and she had split, Zaina told the Courier they were still very much together.
“Of course I’m still with him”, she said.
Zaina revealed they had heard about Osama’s death “via telephone calls mainly” but also by watching TV. She refused to say how Omar had reacted the news.
Zaina used to live in Fellside, Lee Bottom Road, Todmorden and has been married six times and has three sons and five grandchildren.
When she lived in Calderdale, she was married to Cornholme biker John Metcalfe but said the marriage lasted only six weeks.
She worked as an interior designer at Manchester Airport.
She has suffered from multiple sclerosis since she was 11 and raised a lot of money for charity while she lived in Britain.
She is understood to have met Omar while she was undergoing treatment for the condition. Their mutual love or horses brought them together when they met on a ride at the Giza pyramids in Egypt.
In an interview with the Courier in 2007, Zaina said Omar had not spoken to his father –the world’s most wanted terrorist with a 25million dollar price on his head – since the World Trade Centre attacks in 2001.
She said at the time: “We want peace. Omar wants to be an ambassador for peace and I’m behind him.”
Bin Laden met his end not in his supposed home in the mountains of Afghanistan but in a two-storey house a stone’s throw from a Pakistani army base in Abbottabad, about 50 miles from the capital Islamabad.
Elite Navy Seals flew to the hideout in four helicopters.
In the gunfight that followed, Bin Laden was shot in the head
Three other men were also killed –including one of bin Laden’s sons, according to reports.
Bin Laden’s body was buried at sea. US personnel identified him by facial recognition. Officials declined to say whether DNA had also been used.
US president Barak Obama confirmed yesterday morning that the Al Qaida leader was dead.
David Cameron said: “The news that Osama bin Laden is dead will bring great relief to people across the world.”#
A senior Labour Party source added: “Few will mourn the death of a man who caused misery for millions.”
Relatives of al Qaida victims also welcomed the news but Foreign Secretary William Hague said the UK should be “even more vigilant” in case of a backlash.