Osama bin Laden calls for flood relief in Pakistan in alleged message

October 1st, 2010 - 8:41 pm ICT by BNO News  

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (BNO NEWS) — Osama bin Laden in an alleged audio message called on Muslims to join as the devastating floods in Pakistan is “bigger than the victims of wars,” reports said.

The authenticity of the voice heard in the 11-minute message has not been verified, but it would be marking bin Laden’s first message since March 25.

It is also unclear when the recording was created as bin Laden begins by congratulating Muslims on the completion of their holy fasting month of Ramadan, which ended on September 10.

The message went on to focus on relief efforts and the importance for Muslims to work together to fight hunger, flood relief, clean water, and current issues.

“The number of victims caused by climate change is very big… bigger than the victims of wars,” the voice is heard. “The catastrophe [in Pakistan] is very big and it is difficult to describe it.”

“What we are facing… calls for generous souls and brave men to take serious and prompt action to provide relief for their Muslim brothers in Pakistan.”

Bin Laden, who has been on top of the U.S. most wanted list for years and is offering $25 million for information leading to his arrest, called for a “capable relief task force,” and further investments in agriculture as it “not about the gains or losses, but about life or death.”

The wanted man’s location is unclear although it is popularly believed that he remains hidden in the border areas between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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