Osama bin Laden wanted much of his fortune used ‘on jihad’

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WASHINGTON (AP) – In his last will and testament, al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden claimed he had about $29 million in personal wealth — the bulk of which he wanted to be used “on jihad, for the sake of Allah.”

The will was released Tuesday in a batch of more than 100 documents seized in a May 2011 raid that killed bin Laden at his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The al-Qaida leader planned to divide his fortune among his relatives, but wanted most of it spent to conduct the work of the Islamic extremist terror network behind the Sept. 11 attacks.

The documents were declassified and made public after a lengthy review by government agencies.

The first materials were released in May 2015.

By DEB RIECHMANN and ROBERT BURNS, Associated Press