Abbottabad, Pakistan — the town best known as the place Osama bin Laden was tracked down and killed — hopes to boost tourism with a new amusement park.
“This project has nothing to do with Osama bin Laden,” provincial minister for tourism Syed Aqil Shah told the AFP.
The park includes a zoo, adventure sports facility, restaurants, a heritage center, and artificial waterfalls.
In fact, Abbottabad has been a popular tourist destination since the colonial era. The town was named after the British Major James Abbott, who declared in a poem: “I adored the place from the first sight / And was happy that my coming here was right.”
The project will cost three-billion rupee and will cover 500 acres, The Telegraph reported. Officials say it will take eight years to develop and build.
U.S. special forces killed bin Laden on May 2, 2011 after a raid on his compound in Abbottbad, where the Al-Qaeda leader hid with many of his wives and children.