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*