Osama Bin Laden’s ‘bodyguard’ released from Guantanamo Bay

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The US has said that it had transferred Abdul Shalabi, a longtime hunger striker at the Guantanamo Bay prison, and described as a bodyguard of former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, to his home country of Saudi Arabia.

According to media reports, Abdul Shalabi was captured in December 2001 by Pakistani forces and was transferred to Guantanamo the following month. The US defence department has said that the 39-year-old was a member of al Qaeda, and a longtime bodyguard of Bin Laden.

The US defence department also said that Shalabi received specialised combat training for his role as a suicide operative in an aborted component of 9/11 attacks on the US. His release means 114 inmates remain at Guantanamo, including 52 who have been approved for transfer.

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