Twitter had the story

This is the story as the operation unfolded, live from an IT consultant in Abbottabad, Pakistan, Sohaib Athar. The story starts at the bottom of the page. He did not know what he was witnessing until later.


Sohaib Athar
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Uh oh, now I’m the guy who liveblogged the Osama raid without knowing it.
Sohaib Athar
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I need to sleep, but Osama had to pick this day to die :-/

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Damn its getting hard to RT some funny Abbottabad tweets, they’re scrolling so fast 😦
Chris Hoy Poy

kryanth Chris Hoy Poy

by ReallyVirtual
how long before the “Call of Duty : Abbottabad, Pakistan” expansion hits the stores?
Bradley Burgess

BradleyK8Olsen Bradley Burgess

by ReallyVirtual
Abbottabad just became a sexy new spring break destination.
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@
@harisn we are both right outside Islamabad 🙂
Sohaib Athar
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I guess I should unsubscribe from the #abbottabad search on twitter before it kills my machine. Leave Abbottabad alone, Osama and Obama…
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@
@kursed so, not that hard anymore I guess?
Sohaib Athar
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Wondering what would be the right music to play in the coffee shop today…
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RT @ISuckBigTime: Osama Bin Laden killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan.: ISI has confirmed it << Uh oh, there goes the neighborhood :-/
Sohaib Athar
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I guess Abbottabad is going to get as crowded as the Lahore that I left behind for some peace and quiet. *sigh*
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@
@kursed I think I should take out my big blower to blow the fog of war away and see the clearer picture.
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@kursed Well, there were at least two copters last night, I heard one but a friend heard two, for 15-20 minutes.
Sohaib Athar
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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.
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@
@kursed True, but stranger things have happened. I just hope they don’t find my giant helicopter swatter. Must hide it :-/
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@
@ahmedbilal @kursed Sadly. We should start learning how to spread believable stories and recreate a reality that suits us.
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@kursed Another rumor: two copters that followed the crashed one were foreign Cobras – and got away
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@
@kursed What really happened doesn’t matter if there is an official story behind it that 99.999% of the world would believe
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Report from a taxi driver: The army has cordoned off the crash area and is conducting door-to-door search in the surrounding
Munzir Naqvi

naqvi Munzir Naqvi

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I think the helicopter crash in Abbottabad, Pakistan and the President Obama breaking news address are connected.
Sohaib Athar
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Interesting rumors in the otherwise uneventful Abbottabad air today
Ibrar Ali

ibi2010 Ibrar Ali

by ReallyVirtual
1 dead and 1 injured in Abbottabad for heli crashed
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@
@raihak The day there is uninterrupted electricity in Lahore for a whole month, I will start packing my bags, until then, Abbottabad is home
Sohaib Athar
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And now, a plane flying over Abbottabad…
Sohaib Athar
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and now I feel I must apologize to the pilot about the swatter tweets :-/
Terminal X

terminalxpk Terminal X

by ReallyVirtual
The Major also says no “missiles” were fired and all such exaggerated reports are nothing but rumours #Pakistan
Terminal X

terminalxpk Terminal X

by ReallyVirtual
A Major of the #Pakistan #Army‘s 19 FF, Platoon CO says incident at #Abbottabad where #helicopter crashed is accidental and not an “attack”
Sohaib Athar
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Two helicpoters, one down, could actually be the training accident scenario they’re saying it was >> http://bit.ly/ioGE6O
Sohaib Athar
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Here’s the location of the Abbottabad crash according to some people >>> http://on.fb.me/khjf34
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@
@smedica ‘safer’ is a relative term that has lost its meaning in Pakistan
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@
@smedica I live near Jalal Baba Auditorium
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@smedica It must have been more, I started noticing the helicpoter when the noise got irritating – which part of Abbottabd are you in?
Sohaib Athar
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@tahirakram very likely – but it was too noisy to be a spy craft, or, a very poor spy craft it was.
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@smedica people are saying it was not a technical fault and it was shot down. I heard it CIRCLE 3-4 times above, sounded purposeful.
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@
@wqs figures, if they have the right to shoot planes flying over the president house, the must have the same instructions for PMA
Sohaib Athar
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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.
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@
@tahirakram they’re not saying anything
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@
@kashaziz technically, it is unidentified until identified, and it is a flying object, so year, why the hell not, we have seen weirder stuff
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@tahirakram yea. *hides his giant swatter*
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@
@raihak yep, the mad power cuts have reached abbottabad – 14 hours daily – luckily I have a generator AND a UPS at the coffee shop
Sohaib Athar
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Since taliban (probably) don’t have helicpoters, and since they’re saying it was not “ours”, so must be a complicated situation#abbottabad
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@raihak Funny, moving to Abbottabad was part of the ‘being safe’ strategy
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@
@raihak I try, man, I try
Hania Ahmed

han3yy Hania Ahmed

by ReallyVirtual
OMG :S Bomb Blasts in Abbottabad.. I hope everyone is fine 😦
Sohaib Athar

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@
@m0hcin the few people online at this time of the night are saying one of the copters was not Pakistani…
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@m0hcin http://bit.ly/ljB6p6 seems like my giant swatter worked !
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@
@m0hcin all silent after the blast, but a friend heard it 6 km away too… the helicopter is gone too.
Sohaib Athar
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A huge window shaking bang here in Abbottabad Cantt. I hope its not the start of something nasty :-S
Sohaib Athar
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Go away helicopter – before I take out my giant swatter :-/
Sohaib Athar
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Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event).

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About Joel

I am a paramedic, firefighter and I work for an organ procurement organization. All stories related to work have been altered to HIPPA standards and for the protection of those involved. The personal stories are different. Photography, flying, aviation, hiking, camping, travel, geocaching, amateur radio are a few of my hobbies.
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