A Twitter user in Pakistan was a bit put out by the noisy raids taking place near him in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
It turns out Sohain Athar, aka @reallyvirtual, was livetweeting the raid that resulted in the death of September 11th mastermind Osama bin Laden. Athar’s tweets were posted in chronological order by Mediaite, and are pasted below. Later in the evening, Athar became increasingly irritated at the growing worldwide interest in his tweet-witness account, but the position in which Athar finds himself is interesting. Generally social media witnessing has been through direct and intentional involvement- Athar just wanted the helicopters to STFU and had no idea he was going to become a small historical footnote via Twitter.
From @reallyvirtual (with others)via Mediaite:
Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event).
Go away helicopter – before I take out my giant swatter :-/
A huge window shaking bang here in Abbottabad Cantt. I hope its not the start of something nasty :-S
@m0hcin all silent after the blast, but a friend heard it 6 km away too… the helicopter is gone too.
@m0hcin http://bit.ly/ljB6p6 seems like my giant swatter worked !
@m0hcin the few people online at this time of the night are saying one of the copters was not Pakistani…
han3yy Hania Ahmed by ReallyVirtual OMG :S Bomb Blasts in Abbottabad.. I hope everyone is fine
@raihak Funny, moving to Abbottabad was part of the ‘being safe’ strategy
Since taliban (probably) don’t have helicpoters, and since they’re saying it was not “ours”, so must be a complicated situation #abbottabad
@raihak yep, the mad power cuts have reached abbottabad – 14 hours daily – luckily I have a generator AND a UPS at the coffee shop
@tahirakram yea. *hides his giant swatter*
@kashaziz technically, it is unidentified until identified, and it is a flying object, so year, why the hell not, we have seen weirder stuff
@tahirakram they’re not saying anything
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.
@wqs figures, if they have the right to shoot planes flying over the president house, the must have the same instructions for PMA
@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.
@tahirakram very likely – but it was too noisy to be a spy craft, or, a very poor spy craft it was.
@smedica It must have been more, I started noticing the helicpoter when the noise got irritating – which part of Abbottabd are you in?
@smedica I live near Jalal Baba Auditorium
@smedica ’safer’ is a relative term that has lost its meaning in Pakistan
Here’s the location of the Abbottabad crash according to some people >>> http://on.fb.me/khjf34
Two helicpoters, one down, could actually be the training accident scenario they’re saying it was >>
and now I feel I must apologize to the pilot about the swatter tweets :-/
And now, a plane flying over Abbottabad…
@raihak The day there is uninterrupted electricity in Lahore for a whole month, I will start packing my bags, until then, Abbottabad is home
1 dead and 1 injured in Abbottabad for heli crashed
Interesting rumors in the otherwise uneventful Abbottabad air today
naqvi rt by ReallyVirtual I think the helicopter crash in Abbottabad, Pakistan and the President Obama breaking news address are connected.