Osama bin Laden's hideout gets Google Maps treatment

Google Maps users are commenting on what is believed to be the compound where Osama Bin Laden was killed.

By Ian Paul, PC World |  Internet, Google Maps

Google Maps fans have been in full satire mode writing reviews for what might be the site where American forces killed Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Shortly after President Obama spoke to the nation on Sunday, people scoured Google's satellite imagery and came up with what may very well be the hideout where the al-Qaeda leader was staying. The purported Bin Laden site on Google Maps looks like a large estate surrounded by large security walls, similar to the description of the compound showing up in news reports.

Whether or not it's the genuine location, Google Maps users have been having fun writing scathing reviews for the former home of the world's most famous terrorist. "Heat sources are undeniable. This place is blazing!" said one reviewer. "Cold and drafty at night, walls full of holes," said another. A more helpful review said, "Free HBO, but 'death to America!' chants were getting old. Better options nearby."

Osama Bin Laden hideout

Another Maps user went to town posing as Bin Laden and providing a review of several sites in the Pakistani city the al-Qaeda founder called home. "Love that bloomin' onion appetizer but it goes straight to my thighs," faux Bin Laden said of Abottabad's Red Onion restaurant. About the nearby Cannt Police Station, the satirical account said, "friendly staff." Discussing his former home, fake Bin Laden said, "great hideout would use again."

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