US quizzes Laden's widows

US quizzes Laden's widows

The women—who were all interviewed together this week —were “hostile” towards the Americans, according to a senior Pakistani government official and two senior US officials, CNN reported.The eldest of the three widows spoke for the group.Members of Pakistan’s military-run ISI were in the room along with the US intelligence officers, the officials said.

The report said Americans had wanted to question the women separately to figure out inconsistencies in their stories.

The officials said the questioning didn’t yield much new information, while adding that it was early stage in the investigative process.They said despite some well-publicised strains, there is an ongoing exchange of intelligence between the two countries.

The youngest of the three widows, 29-year-old Amal Ahmed Abdulfattah of Yemen, was shot in the leg during US Navy Seals’ raid on May 2.

An American official identified the other two widows as Khairiah Sabar, also known as “Umm Hamza” and Siham Sabar, or “Umm Khalid.”

They were three of the al-Qaeda leader’s five wives—two of whom had separated from him.