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Monday, 10 December, 2001, 18:11 GMT
Bin Laden rubbed out by South Park
South Park
The four foul-mouthed boys have become cult viewing
Osama bin Laden has been killed off in an episode of cartoon South Park, which reaches UK screens next year.

The cult show has never shied away from sending up controversial characters and made no exception for the al-Qaeda leader.

Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein has been a previous target for the sense of humour of South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker.

Channel 4 will screen the Bin Laden episode next May or June as it airs the new series.

It has already been shown in the US as part of series five.


The episodes sees the four young main characters - Kenny, Kyle, Cartman and Stan - taken off to Afghanistan's Tora Bora caves.

The boys take on Osama and the Taleban after realising they have a lot in common with the Afghani children.

Bin Laden
No-one is safe from the creators of South Park
During the episode Cartman is sent a suspicious-looking package from Afghanistan, which turns out to be a goat and is mistaken for Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks.

The boys are accidentally flown to Afghanistan where they come face-to-face with Bin Laden, who is eventually killed.

Bad language

It is also likely the hapless Kenny will meet a sticky end during the show.

A spokesman for the Comedy Channel, which shows South Park in the US, said the episode had been a critical success.

Although South Park is aimed at an older audience there has been widespread criticism since it was launched of the influence on younger viewers of its bad language.

It is considered a great honour by many celebrities to be featured in the show even if they are unrecognisable.

George Clooney was depicted as a dog and Patrick Duffy was the leg of the monster Scuzzlebutt.

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