Osama Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

On May 2, 2011, Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the dreaded 9/11 attacks, was killed by American forces in Abbotabad, Pakistan.

For five years, the compound in Abbotabad — which was located 0.8 miles from the Pakistan military academy — was home to bin Laden, his several wives, children and a handful of aides.

20 years after 9/11, Reuters Photographer Akhtar Soomro visited the site to discover how time has treated it.

Please click on the images below for a better look.

IMAGE: Children play cricket at Osama bin Laden’s demolished former compound in Abbottabad, September 11, 2021. All Photographs: Akhtar Soomro/Reuters

 

IMAGE: Five-year-old Ibrahim with a wheelbarrow at the compound, September 10, 2021.

 

IMAGE: Children react to the camera as they stand next to the compound, September 10, 2021.

 

IMAGE: A father and children ride past the demolished compound, September 11, 2021.

 

IMAGE: Residential houses on the hilltop in Abbottabad, September 11, 2021.

 

IMAGE: A journalist and cameraman report from the demolished compound, September 10, 2021.

 

IMAGE: A resident takes a selfie at the demolished compound, September 10, 2021.

 

Photograph curated by Manisha Kotian/Rediff.com
Feature Presentation: Aslam Hunani/Rediff.com


 

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