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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Innocently Reported Osama Bin Laden Attack Tweeted + Mansion Pics

As U.S. forces in Pakistan swooped in on Osama bin Laden on Sunday, at least one Twitter user was unknowingly reporting details of the raid.

Some of the first public accounts of the military operation that killed the terrorist leader came in the form of tweets from Sohaib Athar, an IT consultant in Abbottabad, the city where bin Laden was found.

But the significance of Athar's posts wouldn't be clear until hours later when users of the social-networking site -- and the rest of the world -- learned of President Barack Obama's plans for a rare, late-night address to announce that bin Laden had been killed.

The first clue from Athar came after 4 p.m. ET Sunday (after midnight in Pakistan).

"Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event)," he wrote.

Report from CNN

While below is an exclusive look inside the Pakistani mansion where the world's most notorious terrorist, Osama bin Laden, was killed. (ABC News)

Pakistan army soldiers are seen near the house where it is believed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden lived in Abbottabad, Pakistan, May 2, 2011. (Anjum Naveed/AP Photo)

The hideout of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is pictured after his death by US Special Forces in a ground operation in Abbottabad, Pakistan, May 2, 2011. (Farooq Naeem/AFP/Getty Images)   
May you rest in peace Bin Laden.  No picture of Bin Laden corpse is available as of this writing.

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