He was a very good child until he met some people who brainwashed him – Osama bin Laden’s Mum
The mother of deceased al-Qaeda leader, (Osama bin Laden), Alia Ghanem, has revealed that her son was always a very good child until he met some people who ‘brainwashed’ him into extremist ideology.
Ghanem who spoke at her Saudi Arabia residence, told journalists that, Bin Laden was a shy, academically capable boy, who turned into a strong, pious figure while an economics student in Jeddah in his early 20s.
“The people at university changed him.
“He became a different man,’’ she told the newspaper, which said bin Laden had met Abdullah Azzam, a Muslim Brotherhood member, who became his spiritual adviser, at the university.
“He was a very good child until he met some people, who pretty much brainwashed him in his early 20s.
“You can call it a cult; they got money for their cause.
“I would always tell him to stay away from them and he would never admit to me what he was doing because he loved me so much,’’ she said.