Yesterday Sohaib Athar (@ReallyVirtual on Twitter) was just a “an IT consultant taking a break from the rat-race by hiding in the mountains”, specifically Abbottabad, northern Pakistan.
The IT contractor and graduate of Preston University (which would account for his excellent British-sounding English) also says he’s a ‘startup specialist’ on his LinkedIn profile.
But today he will become known as the guy who, while live-tweeting a series of helicopter flypasts and explosion, unwittingly covered the US forces helicopter raid on Osama Bin Laden’s compound. And he knows it. Here’s a selection of his Tweets:
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.
the few people online at this time of the night are saying one of the copters was not Pakistani…
: OMG :S Bomb Blasts in Abbottabad.. I hope everyone is fine 😦
Since taliban (probably) don’t have helicpoters, and since they’re saying it was not “ours”, so must be a complicated situation #abbottabad
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.
figures, if they have the right to shoot planes flying over the president house, the must have the same instructions for PMA
people are saying it was not a technical fault and it was shot down. I heard it CIRCLE 3-4 times above, sounded purposeful.
very likely – but it was too noisy to be a spy craft, or, a very poor spy craft it was.
Two helicpoters, one down, could actually be the training accident scenario they’re saying it was >> http://bit.ly/ioGE6O
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
Report from a taxi driver: The army has cordoned off the crash area and is conducting door-to-door search in the surrounding
What really happened doesn’t matter if there is an official story behind it that 99.999% of the world would believe
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.
Well, there were at least two copters last night, I heard one but a friend heard two, for 15-20 minutes.
I think I should take out my big blower to blow the fog of war away and see the clearer picture.
: Osama Bin Laden killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan.: ISI has confirmed it << Uh oh, there goes the neighborhood
I need to sleep, but Osama had to pick this day to die
Uh oh, now I’m the guy who liveblogged the Osama raid without knowing it.
and here come the mails from the mainstream media… *sigh*