Iran confirmed Thursday that a daughter of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden has turned up at the Saudi Embassy in Tehran, but said it does not know how she entered the country.
A Saudi newspaper reported Wednesday that Bin Laden’s 17-year-old daughter, Eman, went to the embassy after eluding guards in Iran who have held her, her sister and four brothers under house arrest for eight years.
It has long been believed that Iran has held in custody a number of bin Laden’s children since they fled Afghanistan after the U.S.-led invasion of that country in 2001 — most notably Saad and Hamza bin Laden, who are thought to have held positions in al-Qaida.
Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on a TV talk show Thursday that Iran had no idea Eman was in the country until it heard from the embassy that she was there.
Mottaki said if Iranian authorities are able to confirm her identity she would be free to leave Iran.
“Some time ago, the Embassy of Saudi Arabia informed us that one of the daughters of Bin Laden is in the embassy,” Mottaki said. “We don’t know how this person went to the embassy or how she entered the country.”
Mottaki made no mention of the other Bin Laden children and he was not asked on the TV program whether Iran was holding them.
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