Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Man liveblogs Osama Bin Laden operation unknowingly

A 33-year-old computer programmer, Sohaib Athar, who moved to the sleepy town of Abbottabad to escape the big city, became in his own words "the guy who liveblogged the Osama raid without knowing it.".
He did what any social-media addict would do: he began sending messages to the social networking site Twitter.

His first tweet was : "Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event)."

Nestled in the mountains around 60 miles (95 kilometers) northeast of the capital, Abbottabad is a quiet, leafy town featuring a military academy, the barracks for three army regiments and even its own golf course.

Soon the sole helicopter multiplied into several and gunfire and explosions rocked the air above the town, and Athar's tweets quickly garnered 14,000 followers as he unwittingly described the U.S. operation to kill one of the world's most wanted militants.

He tweeted."The few people online at this time of the night are saying one of the copters was not Pakistani,"

As the operation to kill Osama Bin Laden unfolded, Athar "liveblogged" what he was hearing in real time, describing windows rattling as bombs exploded.

Athar then said one of the aircraft appeared to have been shot down. Two more helicopters rushed in, he reported.

The aircraft might be a drone. The army was conducting door-to-door searches in the surrounding area. The sound of an airplane could be heard overhead.

Throughout the battle, he related the rumors swirling through town: it was a training accident. Somebody was killed.

Soon, however, the rumbling of international events far beyond the confines of this quiet upscale suburb began to dawn on Athar, and he realized what he might be witnessing.

"I think the helicopter crash in Abbottabad, Pakistan and the President Obama breaking news address are connected," he tweeted.

Eight hours and about 35 tweets later, the confirmation came: "Osama Bin Laden killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan," Athar reported. "There goes the neighborhood."

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22 commentaires:

lacrosseman said...

oh wow this give different insight on what happened

Lucky13 said...

Interesting find. I watched Obama's late night speech yesterday and all those people in front of the White House chanting USA....

Blogging Skater said...

wow, i wonder if he was freaking out

Corkscrew said...

Yea its pretty cool. It turns out, or as I heard anyways, that that helicopter that crashed was due to mechanical failure. I still fail to see how a helicopter can crash without anyone being injured. how do you eject from that?

My favorite though was when he tweeted something along the lines of "helicopter go away... lest I have to use my swatter"... weird he was twittering in English as well though

Eric Peterman said...

wow thats insane, he had no idea hahahhaa

Ke3user said...

Wow that's insane. That guy is going to have some awesome stories to tell to his grandchildren haha.

Hyperion said...

Damn, can't imagine what that must feel like, some commando operation to take down your neighbor.

Bob said...

I bet that dude was surprised when he found out what was actually going on.

Xenototh said...

And suddenly when he hears about what happens on the news... REALLY? THAT'S WHAT THAT WAS?!

Fwission said...

Wow what a lucky guy. It must have really crazy over there.

Bryce Darling said...

I am glad I wasn't the guy who was liveblogging it, I would feel dumb for not realizing who my neighbors were.

Chloroform said...

I feel sorry for the guy because of all the news organizations that are bombarding him with questions haha.

Kingmush said...

Crazy to think about..what if you liveblogged it!

fit4life said...

that guy will live in history for this, that's just crazy

Dav0h said...

Theres epic and then theres this.

Nom de Plume said...

lol what a legend!

=dgrphx= said...

interesting

RobinV said...

Haha gotta love social media.

Dola said...

classic war pics? O.o

potd said...

imagine twittering one real big historical event without even knowing it :D

Ponderer said...

I heard about this! Very interesting!

Sety said...

interesting read

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