Seen from the sky: Where bin Laden was killed

U.S. special forces located and killed Osama bin Laden in a compound in Abbottabad, a town in northern Pakistan, 35 miles from the capital Islamabad. Sitting in an affluent suburban community, the compound was eight times larger than other homes in the area, had 12- to 18-foot walls, few outside windows, barbed wire, two security gates and no phone or Internet access, according to a senior administration official speaking during a press briefing Monday morning. The compound, built in 2005 and worth $1 million, was the residence of two brothers, one of whom was believed to be a trusted bin Laden courier and had been under investigation for some time, the official said.

Diagrams and images provided by the Department of Defense, Google and GeoEye provide a closer look at the compound.

Map of Pakistan

Map of Pakistan, source: Department of Defense

Illustration of Abottabad Compound

Illustration of the Abottabad compound where Osama bin Laden was killed Sunday. Source: Department of Defense

Location, zoomed out

Satellite imagery of the compound where bin Laden was killed. Source: Google and GeoEye. Satellite images from May 9, 2010

Satellite imagery of compound where bin Laden was killed

A closer look at satellite imagery of the compound where bin Laden was killed. Source: Google and GeoEye. Satellite images from May 9, 2010

 
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