British divorcee weds bin Laden son

Updated: 2007-07-11 22:13

LONDON - Omar bin Laden, the al-Qaida leader's fourth son, has married a British woman he met in Egypt last fall, British media and colleagues of the bride said Wednesday.

Jane Felix-Browne, 51, of Moulton-Cheshire, in northwest England, was in Egypt for medical treatment of multiple sclerosis, the Times and Sun newspapers reported. She told the newpapers she met bin Laden, 27, while riding a horse near Egypt's Great Pyramid.

The couple has held Islamic marriage ceremonies in both Egypt and Saudi Arabia, Felix-Browne said.

Felix-Browne was hoping to arrange a visa for her new husband to visit Britain, but acknowledged it would be difficult.

"Because my husband's name is bin Laden he finds it very difficult to travel anywhere," she told The Sun.

This would be her sixth marriage, and she has three children by previous marriages. It would be Omar bin Laden's second marriage.

"I just married the man I fell in love with - to me he's just Omar," she told The Times. "I hope people will take a step back and think what it is like when they fell in love."

Her father-in-law is Osama bin Laden, who remains in hiding nearly six years after his al-Qaida terror network carried out the Sept. 11 attacks.

She said Omar last saw his father in 2000 when they were both in Afghanistan, Felix-Browne said. "He left his father because he did not feel it was right to fight or to be in an army. Omar was training to be a soldier and he was only 19."

She divides her time between her homes in northern England and Jedda, Saudi Arabia.

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