Bin Laden told children 'live in peace in the West' - Yahoo! News Osama bin Laden's told his children 'not to follow him down path of jihad' - Telegraph Three wives and nine children were with the al-Qaeda leader when he was shot dead on May 2 last year. In an interview published on Sunday, his brother-in-law said they were being held in a three-bedroom flat in the Pakistani capital Islamabad, guarded by the Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) agency. Zakaria al-Sadah said he had recently been reunited with his sister, bin Laden's Yemeni fifth wife Amal, 29, who was shot in the knee during the raid by US Navy Seals. He revealed that the world's most wanted man had told his children "not to follow him down the road to jihad". "He told his own children and grandchildren, 'Go to Europe and America and get a good education'," Mr Sadah told The Sunday Times. Bin Laden was found in a villa in the military town of Abbottabad last year, barely 30 miles from Islamabad. His proximity to a military college and to the capital raised suspicions that he received help from Pakistan's intelligence services. What is thought to be the first photograph of the young children from the compound shows two sons and a daughter, and two grandsons and a granddaughter. All are dressed smartly. The two girls are in pink dresses, and one wears a hijab. Mr Sadah said that he had been allowed to see his sister several times since he arrived in Pakistan from Yemen in November to secure their release. But he added the children remained troubled by the commando raid that killed their father. "These children have seen their father killed and they need a caring environment, not a prison whatever you think of their father and what he has done," said Mr Sadah. Amal and Bin Laden's other wives, Khairiah and Siham Sabar who are both from Saudi Arabia, had gone on hunger strike in protest at their incarceration, Mr Sadah added. "The children will not eat also, as they are too traumatised," Mr Sadah said. "They have heaters for the winter cold and restricted access to television. But they have hardly seen the sun in nine months. They feel as if they are shouting in the dark." The wives have been interviewed by CIA agents but proved uncooperative, according to Pakistani sources. A commission set up to investigate the terror leader's presence in Abbottabad has concluded its investigation and ruled the wives and children are free to leave. Pakistan reaffirmed on Sunday that it is ready to free the family of Osama bin Laden and return them to Yemen and Saudi Arabia, according to a senior security official. A senior security official told The Daily Telegraph there was no bar to the wives of Saudi and Yemeni origin to being released. "They are with us now and are living are comfortable life," he said. "It's a case of waiting for their respective countries to take them back." However, suspicions remain that Pakistan is dragging its feet, fearful of who they might implicate once they return home.