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The man who tweeted the raid on Bin Laden

Friday, May 06, 2011 - 01:07

May 5 - A Pakistani man, who posted in real-time on Twitter about the U.S. raid on Osama bin Laden's compound, speaks with Reuters about his thoughts during the raid. Jon Decker reports.

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In the early hours of Monday, as U.S. forces raided Osama bin Laden's Pakistani compound, Sohaib Athar reported on Twitter that a loud bang had rattled his windows in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad, adding that he hoped it wasn't "the start of something nasty". When Athar heard the sound of a helicopter, he thought it unusual enough to post on his Twitter account. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SOHAIB ATHAR, ABBOTTABAD RESIDENT, SAYING: "I was sitting at my house at around 1 a.m, and I was working online when I heard helicopter hovering above Abbottabad. And it was there for like five to eight minutes at least." Athar said he tweeted it because it was something unusual in the city. His tweeting continues for several hours. Seven hours after Athar's first tweet, U.S. President Barack Obama announced bin Laden's death in a daring operation by U.S. forces. Jon Decker, Reuters.

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The man who tweeted the raid on Bin Laden

Friday, May 06, 2011 - 01:07