Osama's hideout to turn into luxury resort!

The endeavour to turn Tora Bora hills into luxury resort will cost a whopping 5.3 million pounds!

india Updated: Oct 30, 2006 20:01 IST

Tora Bora hills, which were once known for terrorism as they housed Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, will henceforth be known for tourism, because the secret caves of the world's number one terrorist are being converted into a holiday resort.

The endeavour would cost a whopping 5.3 million pounds!

The resort to come up on the Tora Bora hills would consist of hotels and restaurants overlooking Al-Qaeda chief's secret refuge in Afghanistan, reported The Sun.

"Tora Bora is world famous - but we want it to be known for tourism, not terrorism. Tora Bora is 100 per cent safe now.

It was known as a picnic spot long before anyone had heard of Osama Bin Laden," the paper quoted former warlord Gul Agha Sherazi, now a local governor, as saying.

Laden hid in the secret caves in 2001 after the Taliban government was ousted. He fled after a US bombing blitz.

But, despite Sherazi's claim that the hills were a safe place now and fit for being converted into a tourist destination, two journalists were killed there this month.

First Published: Oct 30, 2006 20:01 IST