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Bin Laden's former bodyguard Nasser al-Bahri dies

Nasser al-Bahri. Photo: 2010
Image caption Nasser al-Bahri reportedly took part in militant attacks during the 1990s in Bosnia, Somalia and Afghanistan

Nasser al-Bahri - Osama Bin Laden's former bodyguard - has died, medical sources in Yemen have told the BBC.

They said Mr Bahri, a Yemeni national, passed away on Saturday in a hospital in the southern city of Mukalla.

Mr Bahri, also known as Abu Jandal, was also a driver for the late al-Qaeda leader, when he was in Afghanistan.

He was involved in Islamist militant attacks in Bosnia, Somalia and Afghanistan during the 1990s, but later renounced al-Qaeda.

In a 2010 interview to the BBC's Newsnight programme Mr Bahri warned that young people in his native Yemen were susceptible to the lure of extremism.

Mr Bahri, who is believed to have been in his 40s, passed away after a long illness, sources told the BBC.

Bin Laden was killed by US special forces in a raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in May 2011.

Correction 4 January 2016: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Nasser al-Bahri was a former detainee at Guantanamo Bay prison.

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