Photos: Life in Abbottabad, the City Where Osama bin Laden Hid

By Alexis C. Madrigal

Osama Bin Laden

Perhaps the strangest thing about Abbottabad, the mountain town a couple of hours outside Islamabad where US forces killed Osama bin Laden, is just how normal the 80,000-person town appears to be. Photojournalist Sultan Dogar took hundreds of photos of the town over the course of the last several years while freelancing. His images of the city's daily life show a place almost defined by its ordinariness: soccer and schools, shopping and swimming. For western travelers, the only reason to visit the city, Lonely Planet said, was to exchange money, otherwise there was "little reason for other travelers to make a halt." Now that the town will go down in history as bin Laden's hideout, take a look back at the town as it was when he lived there.


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