(ABBOTTABAD, Pakistan) — The walls came tumbling down in Abbottabad, Pakistan over the weekend at the place Osama bin Laden and his family called home for several years.
Determined to erase the memory of the compound invaded by U.S. Navy SEALs last May that led to the al Qaeda leader’s assassination, bulldozers began their job on Saturday to knock the structure to the ground.
Work on the demolition was supposed to have begun soon after the SEALs raid, but was held up as the Pakistani military conducted an investigation into how bin Laden supposedly lived under their noses for so long and how the U.S. managed to conduct the operation in secret.
There was some disagreement over whether bin Laden’s compound should have been demolished at all with some in Abbottabad preferring to turn it into a tourist attraction to raise money for the city.
No official reason was given for the deconstruction.
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