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Abbottabad is a city in Pakistan, situated 4120ft above sea level. It is most famous for serving as the hideout of Osama bin Laden and also as the place of his assassination.


The city is named after its founder, Sir James Abbott, who settled there in 1853 after the annexation of the Punjab. He wrote a poem about his experiences living in the city.


The city is located 120 miles east of the Afghanistan border and 30 miles north of the Pakistani capital of Islamabad. It has a population of approximately one million people.

Places nearby

Abbottabad is the site of the Pakistan Military Academy at Kakul.

Osama bin Laden assassination

Osama bin Laden, a terrorist leader, had been hiding in a compound in Abbottabad until he was assassinated by a US Navy SEAL team on 2 May 2011. This generated lots of press attention in the area after his death.