In between plotting terror attacks and gloating about them on videos, Osama Bin Laden, the world’s most wanted fugitive, is an extremely useful presence on the volleyball court, it has emerged.
“He is so tall that he does not need to jump up to do a smash,” said Nasser al-Bahri, one of the Al-Qaeda leader’s former bodyguards. His memoir, published in Paris last week, reveals another side of the West’s favourite bogeyman: besides his uses at the net, Bin Laden also likes playing football, preferably at centre forward. Even then, he never takes off his turban.
He is a voracious reader who enjoys quoting the memoirs of Britain’s Field Marshal Montgomery and France’s General Charles de Gaulle; and besides his quest to set up a caliphate, he is passionate about racehorses, says the bodyguard.