Among the swirl of information and speculation coming out of Pakistan following last week's U.S. raid on Osama bin Laden's compound, comes the report that one of the slain al-Qaida leader's sons is missing. Bin Laden's widows and several children were left in the compound after U.S. commandos stormed in and killed at least four people, including the terrorist leader. They're all now in Pakistani custody, except for one of bin Laden's sons, Hamza, who London’s Telegraph is reporting escaped capture.
Pakistan has not yet allowed the U.S. access to bin Laden's three widows and several children currently held in Pakistani custody. Col. Dave Lapan told Pentagon reporters that discussions were "ongoing."
Pakistani officials have told ABC that one of bin Laden's sons has not been seen since the raid -- though it's not clear if he was on the property at the time of the raid. U.S. officials have said that bin Laden’s son Khalid was killed in the raid, and that it may have been his son Hamza who eluded U.S. troops.
Both Khalid's and Hamza’s mothers are believed to be two of bin Laden’s widows in Pakistani custody, along with the al-Qaida leader’s youngest wife, 29-year-old Amal Saddah. Pakistani security officials told The New York Times they are holding 13 children, eight of them related to bin Laden, who has married five times and is thought to have at least 18 children.
President Obama's national security adviser, Tom Donilon, said on Sunday it is “very important” that Pakistan grant American officials access “both to the people, including three wives who they now have in custody from the compound, as well as additional materials that they took from the compound.”
The U.S. was still waiting to hear back, he said.