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Live-tweeting the bin Laden raid

  • Sohaib Athar, @ReallyVirtual
    Sohaib Athar, @ReallyVirtual
  • Abbottabad streets were deserted after the raid, as shown by this photo posted by Athar to his Twitpic account.
    Abbottabad streets were deserted after the raid, as shown by this photo posted by Athar to his Twitpic account.

A resident of Abbottabad, Pakistan, unwittingly live tweeted the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

Sohaib Athar, who tweets as @ReallyVirtual, gave a blow-by-blow account of a helicopter crash near his home in the dark hours of the morning.

"Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event)," he wrote.

He didn't realize he had been tweeting about a raid on the world's most wanted terrorist until nine hours later.

Selected tweets by @ReallyVirtual

Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event)

Go away helicopter - before I take out my giant swatter :-/

A huge window shaking bang here in Abbottabad Cantt. I hope its not the start of something nasty :-S

all silent after the blast, but a friend heard it 6 km away too... the helicopter is gone too.

seems like my giant swatter worked !

the few people online at this time of the night are saying one of the copters was not Pakistani...

Since taliban (probably) don't have helicpoters, and since they're saying it was not "ours", so must be a complicated situation

The abbottabad helicopter/UFO was shot down near the Bilal Town area, and there's report of a flash. People saying it could be a drone.

people are saying it was not a technical fault and it was shot down. I heard it CIRCLE 3-4 times above, sounded purposeful.

Two helicpoters, one down, could actually be the training accident scenario they're saying it was

A Major of the #Pakistan #Army's 19 FF, Platoon CO says incident at #Abbottabad where #helicopter crashed is accidental and not an "attack"

The Major also says no "missiles" were fired and all such exaggerated reports are nothing but rumours

and now I feel I must apologize to the pilot about the swatter tweets :-/

And now, a plane flying over Abbottabad...

Interesting rumors in the otherwise uneventful Abbottabad air today

(Retweeting @naqvi) I think the helicopter crash in Abbottabad, Pakistan and the President Obama breaking news address are connected.

Report from a taxi driver: The army has cordoned off the crash area and is conducting door-to-door search in the surrounding

Another rumor: two copters that followed the crashed one were foreign Cobras - and got away

Report from a sweeper: A family also died in the crash, and one of the helicopter riders got away and is now being searched for.

Osama Bin Laden killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan.: ISI has confirmed it << Uh oh, there goes the neighborhood :-/

Uh oh, now I'm the guy who liveblogged the Osama raid without knowing it.

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