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Bin Laden raid noises described on Twitter

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Bin Laden raid noises described on Twitter
The compound where al -Qaida chief Osama bin Laden was hiding is shown surrounded by hills in Abbottabad, Pakistan on May 2, 2011. Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. special forces in a firefight it was announced by U.S. President Barack Obama on May 1, 2011. UPI/Sajjad Ali Qureshi | License Photo

ABBOTTABAD, Pakistan, May 2 (UPI) -- A man living in Abbottabad, Pakistan, may have given a real-time account about the U.S. raid in which Osama bin Laden died, his Twitter page indicated.

Sohaib Athar, who uses the Twitter name "ReallyVirtual," first complained of helicopters overhead -- a "rare event" for the upscale community not far from Islamabad, the country's capital, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

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"Go away helicopter - before I take out my giant swatter :-/," he messaged before the attack began.

Within minutes, he posted, "A huge window-shaking bang here in Abbottabad Cantt. I hope its not the start of something nasty :-S."

Twitter chatter indicated one helicopter wasn't Pakistani, prompting Athar to post, "Since Taliban [probably] don't have helicopters, and since they're saying it was not 'ours', so must be a complicated situation#abbottabad."

Eventually, Athar resent a post from Munzir Naqvi: "I think the helicopter crash in Abbottabad, Pakistan and the President Obama breaking news address are connected."

Shortly thereafter, another Twitter user confirmed the news, the Journal reported.

On Monday, the IT consultant wrote, "Uh oh, now I'm the guy who liveblogged the Osama raid without knowing it."

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