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Bin Laden's Abbottabad compound swiftly becoming a tourist destination

May 6, 2011 - London

The secret compound where Osama bin Laden holed himself up in Pakistan has already become a tourist attraction with dozens of people flocking to the site just days after he was shot dead.

Sightseers are thronging the spot on the fringes of upmarket Abbottabad, Pakistan, where the Al Qaeda leader met his end.

While the gates to the terror chief's compound remain shut, visitors have been given free access to the surrounding area after Pakistani military investigators finished scouring the house.

Local resident Ali Abbas, 43, who has begun a campaign to turn Laden's final home into an official tourist site, welcomed the interest, and claimed many more visitors could follow from Europe and the U.S.

"Westerners are crazy people. Even if locals turn up or not, foreigners will definitely come if it is declared a tourist site," the Daily Mail quoted Abbas as saying.

"It will be very good for the city. People should visit and see where the world's biggest terrorist lived," he said.


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