Monday, May 02, 2011

Bin Laden Dead: The Raid Against Bin Laden Twittered in Abbottabad, Pakistan

"Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event). 16 hours ago" -ReallyVirtual onTwitter

UPDATED - twice:  Scroll down
So began what must be the scoop of the year on Twitter, where IT consultant and Twitter user ReallyVirtual (whose actual name is Sohaib Atharchronicled what appeared to be some helicopter problem overhead in Abbottabad, Pakistan in a series of tweets. A few hours later, what Athar heard was announced by President Obama as the US operation which resulted in the death of Osama Bin Laden, whose safe-house was reportedly only 100 yards from the gate of the Pakistan Military Academy in Abbottabad, pictured above.

Across the globe, many think the supposed burial of Bin Laden at sea more than a little fishy, and in Pakistan many think Bin Laden had been dead for years. In Pakistan, English Language newspaper, Dawn, presents the local angle.

UPDATE 1: This morning, May 3, 2010, ReallyVirtual (Sahaib Athar) has posted a number of pictures from around the Osama Bin Laden compound here. (Use the little sideways "v" arrow to see them all.

UPDATE 2: This video, from the May 3, 2010 NBC Nightly News takes the viewer on a brief tour of the area around the Bin Laden compound in Abbottabad along with some comments from the locals. BBC has a step-by-step guide to the raid on the compound.


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