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Osama Town? Amusement Park Planned for Abbottabad

Adventure-seeking tourists will soon have new a reason to flock to Abbottabad, the Pakistani city where U.S. Special Forces killed Osama bin Laden: a $30 million amusement park, with “a zoo, water sports, a mini-golf course, rock climbing and paragliding.”

Osama enthusiasts and haters can both rest easy, the 50-acre park reportedly has no connection to the al-Qaeda leader. OBL’s compound has been torn down since the U.S. raid—precisely for fear of its becoming a tourist attraction.

Rather, the purpose of the amusement park is to attract visitors, local or otherwise, by drawing on the natural appeal of the region. Abbottabad rests in the Himalayan foothills, and according to Time “has long been a tourist destination because of its comparatively cooler summer climate and proximity to other tourist attractions.”

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