Monday, May 16, 2011

Rare photos of a young Osama bin Laden

An undated photograph provided by Taiwanese judo coach Jimmy Wu shows Osama Bin Laden as a Judo student in Riyadh. Osama Bin Laden stood out from others not just for his height but for his serious conservative demeanour, according to Wu on May 7, 2011, who says the recently killed al-Qaeda leader was a student in his judo classes in Saudi Arabia in the early 1980s. He was a tall, thin, bearded, serious young man with a mop of black hair.

An undated photograph shows Taiwanese coach Jimmy Wu seen with who he says is himself with Osama Bin Laden (R) dressed in their judo gi in Riyadh. REUTERS/Photo Courtesy of Jimmy Wu Cheng-min

Taiwanese coach Jimmy Wu poses with what Wu says is a photo of himself (C, in picture) with Osama Bin Laden (R, in picture) dressed in their judo gi, during an interview with Reuters in Taichung May 7, 2011. Wu showed Reuters photographs of himself and a tall, thin, bearded, serious young man with a mop of black hair whom he said was Osama. Osama attended lessons two to three times a week but Wu never saw him again after 1984.
An undated photograph provided by Taiwanese judo coach Jimmy Wu (2nd R) shows what Wu says is Osama Bin Laden (C, top) having a meal with fellow judo members in Riyadh.

An undated photograph provided by Taiwanese judo coach Jimmy Wu (2nd R) shows what Wu says is Osama Bin Laden (C, top) having a meal with fellow judo members in Riyadh.

An undated photograph provided by Taiwanese judo coach Jimmy Wu shows what Wu says is Osama Bin Laden dressed in his judo gi in Riyadh.