Inside Osama bin Laden’s hideaway: Photos show terrorist at his al Qaeda bolthole in Afghanistan

Inside Osama bin Laden's lair: Photos show terrorist at his al Qaeda hideout in Afghanistan
(PIcture: U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York)

A series of rare pictures from inside Osama bin Laden’s bolthole have been published for the first time, giving an incredible insight into the primitive life he led.

The photographs, which surfaced at the trial of al-Qaeda lieutenant Khaled al-Fawwaz, were taken by Palestinian journalist Abdel Barri Atwan after he was invited to the Al Qaeda terrorist’s hideout in 1996.

Bin Laden allowed the journalist into the compound in the Afghan mountain region of Tora Bora in a bid to spread his message of hatred across the western world. The pictures pre-date the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York.

The house is primitive, constructed of baked mud and stone. The landscape is sparse and mountainous, with snow cover in the winter. The terrain is rugged and challenging for the long walks the owner liked to take with his sons.  Photographs quietly introduced as evidence in the latest major terrorism trial in Manhattan federal court offer a rare look inside Osama bin Laden's lair -- years before al Qaeda flew hijacked planes into buildings or bombed U.S. embassies in Africa and even before the FBI placed bin Laden on its Most Wanted List.
(PIcture: U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York)

The pictures show how his primitive hideout included a two-bedroom mud hut, and an intricate network of caves and tunnels. His sons lived there with him, and were said to suffer from constant hungar, with the only way of reaching the area being via a dirt road from the city of Jalalabad.

The house is primitive, constructed of baked mud and stone. The landscape is sparse and mountainous, with snow cover in the winter. The terrain is rugged and challenging for the long walks the owner liked to take with his sons.  Photographs quietly introduced as evidence in the latest major terrorism trial in Manhattan federal court offer a rare look inside Osama bin Laden's lair -- years before al Qaeda flew hijacked planes into buildings or bombed U.S. embassies in Africa and even before the FBI placed bin Laden on its Most Wanted List.
(PIcture: U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York)
The house is primitive, constructed of baked mud and stone. The landscape is sparse and mountainous, with snow cover in the winter. The terrain is rugged and challenging for the long walks the owner liked to take with his sons.  Photographs quietly introduced as evidence in the latest major terrorism trial in Manhattan federal court offer a rare look inside Osama bin Laden's lair -- years before al Qaeda flew hijacked planes into buildings or bombed U.S. embassies in Africa and even before the FBI placed bin Laden on its Most Wanted List.
(PIcture: U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York)

Osama bin Laden himself is said to have gone on long day-long walks with bodyguards in the mountains armed with a Russian kalashnikov rifle.

After 9/11 the terrorist fled on horseback over the border into Pakistan.

The house is primitive, constructed of baked mud and stone. The landscape is sparse and mountainous, with snow cover in the winter. The terrain is rugged and challenging for the long walks the owner liked to take with his sons.  Photographs quietly introduced as evidence in the latest major terrorism trial in Manhattan federal court offer a rare look inside Osama bin Laden's lair -- years before al Qaeda flew hijacked planes into buildings or bombed U.S. embassies in Africa and even before the FBI placed bin Laden on its Most Wanted List.
(PIcture: U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York)

He deliberately chose this location so soldiers on foot would struggle to attack due to the rugged terrain.

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The house is primitive, constructed of baked mud and stone. The landscape is sparse and mountainous, with snow cover in the winter. The terrain is rugged and challenging for the long walks the owner liked to take with his sons.  Photographs quietly introduced as evidence in the latest major terrorism trial in Manhattan federal court offer a rare look inside Osama bin Laden's lair -- years before al Qaeda flew hijacked planes into buildings or bombed U.S. embassies in Africa and even before the FBI placed bin Laden on its Most Wanted List.
(PIcture: U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York)

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13 March 2015 | 9:22 am – Source: metro.co.uk

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