** Saudi Ambassador Offers condolences to the family amid reports that relatives of the al-Qaida leader were among four killed in Hampshire crash
The sister and stepmother of the former al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden were reportedly among the dead after a business jet crashed at a private airport in Hampshire and ploughed into a car auction centre.
A family friend told NBC that the dead included Osama bin Laden’s stepmother Rajaa Hashim, his half-sister Sana bin Laden and her husband Zuhair Hashim.
Their names have been widely reported on multiple Arabic media websites but are not yet confirmed by police or family members.
Saudi Princess Basmah bint Saud, who is based in London, released a statement on her official website naming the victims, saying she heard the news with “great sadness”.
Without confirming the identities of the victims, the Saudi ambassador to Britain, Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf Al Saud, offered condolences on the embassy’s official Twitter account to the Bin Laden family, a prominent Saudi Arabia clan with vast business interests.
“His royal highness, Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdul Aziz, the ambassador of the custodian of the two holy mosques to the United Kingdom, offered his condolences to the sons of the late Mohammed bin Laden and their relations for the grave incident of the crash of the plane.
“The plane was carrying members of the family at Balckbushe airport,” the Saudi ambassador said in the tweet.