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  • 5 February 2013, 10:50

Theme park plan for bin Laden town

Abbottabad /Rex

Officials in the town where Osama bin Laden was killed are planning to build a multi-million pound theme park.

The 500-acre development in Abbottabad, Pakistan will include a zoo, heritage centre, restaurants and artificial waterfalls.

The local government denies it is a bid to polish the town's image and hopes the riverside project will boost tourism, reports The Sun.

The provincial minister for tourism and sports, Syed Aqil Shah, said: "The amusement city will be built on 50 acres in the first phase but later will be extended to 500 acres.

"It will have a heritage park, wildlife zoo, food street, adventure and paragliding clubs, waterfalls and jogging tracks."

The minister insisted: "This project has nothing to do with Osama bin Laden." Work on the 19.5m development is due to start this month.

US special forces shot dead the al-Qaeda leader in Abbottabad in May 2011. Bin Laden's compound was demolished a year ago, to prevent it becoming a shrine.