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Who tweeted the raid that killed Osama bin Laden?

An IT consultant is credited with live-tweeting the strike in Pakistan.

May 01, 2011|By Alexandra Zavis, Los Angeles Times

A tweeter who describes himself as "an IT consultant taking a break from the rat-race by hiding in the mountains" in Abbottabad, Pakistan, may have unwittingly covered the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

At about 1 a.m. local time, Sohaib Athar (@ReallyVirtual) tweeted that a helicopter was flying above Abbottabad — "a rare event," he said.

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"Go away helicopter - before I take out my giant swatter :-/" he joked.

He then reported a "huge window-shaking bang" and said "I hope its not the start of something nasty :-S"

Hours later, news broke of Bin Laden's death.

"Uh oh, now I'm the guy who liveblogged the Osama raid without knowing it.," he tweeted. "and here come the mails from the mainstream media... *sigh*"

alexandra.zavis@latimes.com

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