Thabet bin Laden, brother of terrorist

Associated Press / September 14, 2009

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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - The family of Osama bin Laden has announced the death of one of the terror mastermind’s brothers.

In a full-page notice yesterday in Al-Riyadh newspaper, the family said Thabet bin Laden passed away and the funeral was scheduled for that afternoon in the holy city of Mecca.

The notice said he died Saturday but did not give the cause of death or his age.

Thabet bin Laden was one of 54 children born to Mohammed bin Laden, a poor Yemeni immigrant who started the family contracting business in the 1930s that grew into a multimillion dollar construction empire.

The bin Laden family disavowed any links with Osama bin Laden in 1994, when Saudi Arabia stripped him of hiscitizenship after he called for the overthrow of the royal family.