|Sexy Laden: Osama hides
Her uncle is the world’s most wanted man and a byword for zealotry. Which makes these poses by Osama bin Laden’s niece either very brave or extremely foolish.
Wafah Dufour, 26, is seen sprawled on a bed — in lingerie, a feather boa and high heels. She stretches out her long limbs and throws back her hair in an attitude seemingly calculated to outrage Islamic traditionalists.
The former law student, a would-be pop singer, is also seen in a flowing dress with a guitar on her legs and, perhaps most provocative of all, pouting in a bubble bath.
New York-based Wafah, who
adopted her mother’s maiden name after the September 11 attacks directed
by Bin Laden, is the daughter of his half-brother Yeslam. She has already
risked Osama’s wrath by declaring her ambitions to launch a pop career.
Wafah estimates she has 200 cousins. Her father and Osama are two of 54 children fathered by Mohammed Bin Laden, a Saudi whose construction companies have changed the face of West Asia.She says she has never met Osama, who is currently believed to be holed up somewhere on the Afghan-Pak border with a £13-million price on his head. He has close ties to Afghanistan’s Taliban, which compelled women to wear the head-to-toe burqa. Those not clothed according to the rules could be whipped and beaten.
At the time of the September
11, 2001, attacks Wafah was attending Columbia Law School in New York.
But on the day of the terror attacks in New York and Washington, DC, she
was visiting her mother in Switzerland and recalls hearing the news. She
said: "They were starting to say Bin Laden did this, Bin Laden did that
and I was so numb because I couldn’t even believe what was happening in
New York. It was my home."
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