Photos: Abbottabad: A Year after Death of Osama Bin Laden [PHOTOS]
By Sanskrity Sinha | Apr 26, 2012 11:41 PM EDT
Life at Abbottabad, where Islamist militant group Al-Qaida's former leader, the dreaded Osama bin Laden, was finally killed, has returned to normal. The terrorist leader was killed in a firefight with US forces on2 May, in a large mansion in the town, which is in north-west Pakistan. The mansion was later demolished
Despite the administration of US President Barack Obama refusing to release photographs or DNA evidence of a dead bin Laden, the town where he died suddenly gained worldwide attention. Furthermore, the controversy surrounding his dead body - reportedly buried at sea - was cleared only when the terrorist group confirmed his death, on 6 May.
The US government faced, and continues, to face criticism over the potential violation of several tenets of international law concerning the legal and ethical aspects of killing. Amnesty International asked US and Pakistani authorities to clarify aspects of the operation.
"We are seeking information from the US and Pakistani authorities on how many people were in the compound at the time of the operation, what happened to them and specifically what is the status and current whereabouts of the survivors," Claudio Cordone, Senior Director at Amnesty International, said in a statement issued on 4 May.
The Senior Director also said the White House had been quoted as saying bin Laden was unarmed; if that was indeed true, Amnesty argued, the circumstances of his killings were questionable.
"Given that he was not armed, it is not clear how he resisted arrest and whether an attempt was made to capture him rather than kill him," Cordone explained.
Meanwhile, back in Abbottabad, a year after the raid and killing of the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks on the US' World Trade Center, residents have gone back to leading usual quiet lives, in what is actually a picturesque, mountain town.
Check out some photos of Abbottabad and the demolished compound where bin Laden was killed.
A combination photograph shows Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on two different dates, in this May 5, 2011 file picture (top) after a United States military raid that resulted in his death and April 22, 2012 (bottom) almost a year later.Source: REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro Date:04/26/2012
An elderly man rides a donkey along a road in the outskirt of Abbottabad April 20, 2012.Source: REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro Date:04/26/2012
Children play cricket in the rain on the demolished site of the compound of Osama bin Laden, in Abbottabad April 20, 2012.Source: REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro Date:04/26/2012
Yasir, 12, uses a hammer to break a concrete block to scavenge for iron from the demolished compound of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad April 22, 2012.Source: REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro Date:04/26/2012
A man with an umbrella guides his herd of goats past a boundary wall of the demolished compound of Osama bin Laden, in Abbottabad April 22, 2012.Source: REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro Date:04/26/2012
A view of a floor of a demolished compound in Abbottabad April 20, 2012, where U.S. Navy SEAL commandos reportedly killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden nearly one year ago on May 2, 2011.Source: REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro Date:04/26/2012
Six-year-old Anum, poses for her uncle for a picture while visiting the site of the demolished compound of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad April 22, 2012.Source: REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro Date:04/26/2012
Residents offer Friday prayers in an open yard of the Jamia Masjid Mandian in Abbottabad April 20, 2012.Source: REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro Date:04/26/2012
A farmer works in a field on the outskirts of Abbottabad April 22, 2012.Source: REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro Date:04/26/2012
A view of a wholesale vegetable market in Abbottabad April 23, 2012.Source: REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro Date:04/26/2012