Theme park to be built in Osama bin Laden’s old town


A £19 million theme park is going to be built in Osama bin Laden's old town.

The city of Abbottabad, Pakistan, where the al-Qaeda leader was shot dead by Navy Seals in 2011, will soon boast another claim to fame, with officials hoping the amusement park will improve the area's tourism profile.

Bin Laden's former hideout, a three-storey building with high walls, was demolished to prevent it becoming a shrine for extremists, explains The Telegraph . Abbottabad used to be a popular tourist destination thanks to its quiet location at the foot at the Himalayas, but the country's economic crisis has seen visitor numbers dip in recent years.

Now, the new theme park is hoped to reverse the decline.

The resort will span 50 acres of land in the first phase of development and will later expand to cover 500 acres, minister for tourism and sports Sued Aqil Shah told the press.

"It will have a heritage park, wildlife zoo, food street, adventure and paragliding clubs, waterfalls and jogging tracks," he announced.

Work on the project will start in the coming months and is expected to take eight years to complete.

"This project has nothing to do with Osama bin Laden," he added.

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