Osama Bin Laden’s secret caves hideout is being converted – into a £5.3 million tourist resort.
Hotels and restaurants are being constructed on mountains overlooking the al-Qaeda chief’s Tora Bora refuge in Afghanistan. Former warlord Gul Agha Sherazi, now the local governor, said: “Tora Bora is world famous – but we want it to be known for tourism, not terrorism. It was known as a picnic spot long before anyone had heard of Osama Bin Laden.”
On this day 2006
Thieves around the world
Two 13-year-olds and a 14-year-old have been arrested on suspicion of a string of bank robberies in Canada.
A former security firm manager said he stole almost £5m from the company he worked for because he had never been given a rise. He was was foun with the cash stuffed into 40 money bags in the boot of his car. He said said “I successfully built up that branch and instead of being given a pay rise, all I got was a pat on the back.
Police in Romania say they have caught a thief who stole money from a priest’s car while he was in a strip club. Witnesses say he was being free with his money, hiring all of the dancers to perform for him and his friends.
Police say the thief found out which was the priest’s car and broke into it, stealing £4,000 he found in a suitcase. But officers managed to track him down and recover the money, after studying CCTV footage from the club’s carpark.
Church authorities said they will start their own investigation into the priest’s moral qualifications for his job
German police are hunting a gang of Robin Hoods who steal food from exclusive restaurants and delis to give to the poor.
The anarchist thieves, who wear superhero costumes during their raids, have struck repeatedly in recent months in Hamburg.
After they plundered Kobe beef fillets, champagne and smoked salmon from a gourmet store on exclusive Elbastrasse, they presented the cashier with a bouquet of flowers.
And they left a note saying: “Without the abilities of the superheroes to help them, it would be impossible for ordinary people to survive in the city of the millionaires.”
In another recent swoop, the gang emptied a groaning buffet table in a top restaurant into sacks, while one of their number held up a sign saying: “The fat years are over”.
In internet statements, the gang say their booty is distributed to the poorest of Germany’s long-term unemployed.
They are also behind black market cinema tickets which they distribute free to the poor, and they have printed leaflets telling passengers how to dodge ticket inspectors on the city’s underground and buses.