Bin Laden Dead – local man tweeted events liveMay 2nd, 2011 | By Alkillous | Category: Featured Article, Real News
Osama Bin Laden, a man who needs no introduction, is dead. The man who was updating his twitter account while Bin Laden was meeting his end, however, does need an introduction.
Sohaib Athar, aka @ReallyVirtual as he is known on Twitter, describes himself as “an IT consultant taking a break from the rat-race by hiding in the mountains with his laptops.” He is a Pakistani who moved to Abbottabad, Pakistan, a relatively peaceful mountain town, from Lahore, a busy city known as the cultural center of Pakistan.
Little did he realize he was moving to Osama Bin Laden’s neighborhood.
As an IT guy, Sohaib’s first reaction to the sound of military helicopters in his neighborhood at 1AM (approximately 5PM EST on Sunday May 1, 2011) was to tweet about them.
“Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event).”
He continues to describe a “huge window-shaking bang” that a friend “6 kilometers away” heard as well. He then posts a link to a news article explaining that there was a helicopter crash in Abbottabad.
He jokes with friends and mentions local rumors about it not being a Pakistani helicopter and that the downed craft could have been a drone, but also distinctly states that there were 2 helicopters.
Sohaib reports on the location of the crash and also posts another link to another local article that states media have not been given permission to film the site and that there were 2 helicopters, one of which crashed.
Sohaib then retweets messages from @terminalxpk, stating:
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 #Pakistan
Mr. Athar, without his knowledge, was sending information out regarding the events that unfolded during the demise of Osama Bin Laden. We may never know exactly what happened in Abbattabad on Sunday, May 1, 2011, but the dehttp://www.snewzbutton.com.nyud.net/2011/05/http://www.snewzbutton.com.nyud.net/2011/05/scriptions given by this observer helps to shed some light on what occurred.
Thank you, Sohaib Athar, for having reported what ended up being an incredibly important event.