Bin Laden's last hour

A collection of what we know so far about the attack and when. All times are local.

2011-05-02 00:00:00

Helicopters take off from Islamabad

Seal helicopter take off from Islamabad? In Pakistan, it was just past midnight on Monday morning, and the Americans were counting on the element of surprise. As the first of the helicopters swooped in at low altitudes, neighbors heard a loud blast and gunshots (NYT)

2011-05-02 00:35:00

Helicopters arrive at compound?

First helicopters arrive on the scene, according to Pakistan news blog NYT puts it, logically, a little bit earlier, as it called it a 40 minute raid)

2011-05-02 00:58:00

Helicopter 'hovering above Abbottabad'

Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event).

2011-05-02 01:05:00

Helicopter still hovering

Go away helicopter - before I take out my giant swatter :-/

2011-05-02 01:05:00

Helicopter stalls, blown up

One of their helicopters stalled and could not take off. Rather than let it fall into the wrong hands, the commandos moved the women and children to a secure area and blew up the malfunctioning helicopter. (NYT)

2011-05-02 01:09:00

Explosion heard

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

2011-05-02 01:10:00

Helicopters take off

As they took off at 1:10 a.m. local time, taking a trove of documents and computer hard drives from the house, the Americans left behind the women and children. A Pakistani official said nine children, from 2 to 12 years old, are now in Pakistani custody. (NYT)

2011-05-02 01:30:00

News reports on 'helicopter crash'

Pakistan News: Helicopter Crashed in Abbottabad, Pakistan (story here, appears about a minute earlier)

2011-05-02 01:38:00

Twitter accounts of 'three blasts'

Just talked to family in Abbottabad, say they heard three blasts one after another, don't know what really happened. (m0chin)

2011-05-02 01:45:00

'All quiet after the blast'

all silent after the blast, but a friend heard it 6 km away too... the helicopter is gone too.

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