Sohaib Athar is an IT consultant living in Abbottabad, Pakistan
. He tweeted "Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event)" just as the raid was beginning. Soon after: "A huge window shaking bang here in Abbottabad Cantt. I hope its not the start of something nasty :-S" Subsequent tweets were trying to figure out what was happening. If you look at Athar's feed now (he's @ReallyVirtual), it's mostly full of apologies to all the journalists trying to reach him and talk about how his inbox is jammed beyond use.

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