Bloke unknowingly twits raid on Osama bin Laden

A bloke called Sohaib Athar has become a twitter celebrity having unknowingly twittered the raid that looks to have finally taken out Osama bin Laden.

Athar, who tweets under the name @ReallyVirtual, was peering out of his window, laptop at the ready at 1am in the morning in Abbottabad, Pakistan when he spotted a helicopter.

"Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event)," he wrote. "Go away helicopter - before I take out my giant swatter :-/"

Watching events unfold he reported the downing of a helicopter which apparently was the victim of a technical malfunction. He subsequenly felt a bit bad about his fly swatter joke.

He tweeted: "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."

It seems the US miltary machine had come across a compound with high walls, security gates, and no windows overlooking the road. It appears the inhabitants of the compound chose to burn their rubbish and most dubious of all they had no internet access or phone lines.

It looks like the compound was the final hideout of world's most famous beard.

Not that Athar knew that when he was merrily tweeting away.

"A huge window shaking bang here in Abbottabad Cantt. I hope its not the start of something nasty :-S" he wrote.

But as his twitterverse went bananas the realisation dawned on him: "Uh oh, now I'm the guy who liveblogged the Osama raid without knowing it."

"I need to sleep," he joked, "but Osama had to pick this day to die :-/"