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Posted May 2, 2011, 6:19 pm
Aerial photographs and a diagram of Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, were released Monday by the Defense Department.
ABC News broadcast video taken inside the compound after a raid by U.S. Navy SEALs killed bin Laden.
Abbottabad is a military town; Pakistan's version of West Point is located there, along with other military facilities. The city is just north of the capital, Islamabad.
The walled compound, set on a hillside, is not the home that has recieved dozens of mocking reviews on a Google Maps page.
A three-story house, behind walls that vary from 10 to 18 feet high, had two security gates and opaque windows, the Defense Department said.
The compound had no telephone or Internet service, and the residents burned their trash rather than set it out for collection, officials said.
"We were shocked by what we saw — an extraordinarily unique compound. It is roughly eight times larger than the other homes in the area,” a senior White House official told reporters in a background briefing, according to the BBC.
“It has 12-18 foot walls topped with barbed wire. Internal walls sectioned off different portions of the compound to provide extra privacy. Access to the compound is restricted by two security gates, and the residents of the compound burn their trash, unlike their neighbors, who put the trash out for collection."
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