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Sohaib Athar, an IT consultant, broke the news of Osama Bin Laden's downfall yesterday by accident.

Liveblogging the event from his Twitter account, Athar was unaware of the situation before US president Barack Obama's announcement. The al-Qaida leader was killed in a "firefight" during a ground operation outside Islamabad, Pakistan.

Tweeting at around 9pm BST, Athar first wrote: "Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event)."

Minutes later, he added: "All silent after the blast, but a friend heard it 6 km away too... the helicopter is gone too."

Sohaib Athar twitter screengrab


After realising that Bin Laden had been taken out, he said: "Uh oh, now I'm the guy who liveblogged the Osama raid without knowing it."

Athar's Twitter description reads: "An IT consultant taking a break from the rat-race by hiding in the mountains with his laptops."

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