Home to Pakistan's West Point
Abbottabad is known as the home to the Pakistani Military Academy, the countryâ€™s version of West Point, as well as a military base. According to sources in the city who spoke to the Monitor, the firefight that ended with the capture of bin Ladenâ€™s body occurred only 800 yards from the military school â€“ placing Bin Laden's secret compound only minutes from a high concentration of Pakistani military officials.
â€śBut people insist they didnâ€™t realize it was [bin Laden]. This city is full of soldiers. Hard to believe someone didnâ€™t know.â€ť tweeted Associated Press correspondent Nahal Toosi from Abbottabad.