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Abbottabad - One year after Osama bin Laden

Akhtar Soomro / Reuters

Six-year-old Anum, poses for her uncle for a picture while visiting the site of the demolished compound of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad. Osama bin Laden was killed in Abbottabad almost a year ago, on May 2. All photographs captured by Reuters photographer Akhtar Soomro between April 20-23.

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U.S. forces found and killed the al-Qaida leader in the affluent Pakistani town of Abbottabad, where he had been living in a large compound.

On May 1, 2011 Abbottabad, a small town in the Hazara region of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan, gained world attention when President Barack Obama announced the words, "Justice has been done," indicating the death of Osama bin Laden.

Reuters photographer Akhtar Soomro travelled to Abbottabad a year after the raid on bin Laden's compound to take pictures of the town and document what had happened to the house where bin Laden was killed.

The compound has now been flattened and has found a new lease of life as a cricket pitch, a source of concrete blocks for any villagers with a big enough hammer, and a tourist site where people have their photo taken. 


A combination photograph shows Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on two different dates. The top image was captured on May 5, 2011 after a United States military raid resulted in the death of bin Laden. The bottom image from April 22, 2012 show's bin Laden's compound missing from the skyline.

Yasir, 12, uses a hammer to break a concrete block to scavenge for iron from the demolished compound of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad.

A man with an umbrella guides his herd of goats past a boundary wall of the demolished compound of Osama bin Laden, in Abbottabad.

Residents offer Friday prayers in an open yard of the Jamia Masjid Mandian in Abbottabad.

A man exercises in a gym in Abbottabad.

A man pauses while cooking pakoras at a stall in Abbottabad .

A man carries a tray with cups and pots to sell tea while crossing a road near a market in Abbottabad.

A view of a wholesale vegetable market in Abbottabad.

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