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Old Video From Iraq Circulating As Pulwama Attack

Old Video From Iraq Circulating As Pulwama Attack

The video is of a CCTV capture from Taji Camp, Iraq

An old video of a vehicle-borne explosion is being circulated on social media, particularly on WhatsApp and Facebook, as the CCTV footage of the Pulwama attack on CRPF personnel on February 14, 2019.

The 28-second long video, possibly a CCTV capture of the street, which was shaken by a large intensity explosion, documents a convoy of three vehicles passing through a deserted road.

At the 11 second mark, a huge explosion occurs, impacting the camera, which was mounted at a distance, capturing it. The video is being circulated as that from the deadly attack in Pulwama.

CCTV Footage Of Pulwama Terror Attack | Jammu Kashmir

Posted by 1lamha pyar ka on Friday, February 15, 2019

Fact Check

BOOM ran a reverse image search of several frames from the video and found out that it is originally of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), packed in one of the trucks passing the convoy near Camp Taji in Iraq. The video was uploaded by multiple YouTube users as early as April 2008. The dateline of the CCTV video, at the time of filming the explosion is that of 9/2/ 2007.

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Tracking down the video

The video is corroborated by another user Brian Spalding, who had uploaded the video on Youtube in December, 2008. “This is a vbied ied right outside of the gate at camp Taji iraq sep 02 2007 I was laying in bed watching a movie when I heard the explosion, and the room shook and blew out the windows. My living quarters were 1/4 mile away.”

A VBIED is a car, lorry, truck bomb, also known as a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) and is an explosive device placed inside cars or other vehicles and detonated.

Brian Spalding’s statement has also been acknowledged by eyewitnesses of the US army, who were stationed at the Taji camp in 2007. A news report compiling attacks in Iraq mentioned multiple bomb attacks on September 2, 2007.

BOOM cannot independently verify the details of the attack in Iraq in the absence of credible news reports. However, we can say that the video is not from Kashmir.

This is not the only video that is claiming to be from the Pulwama attack. Earlier on Saturday, BOOM was the first website to debunk a video of an explosion at a Syrian-Turkish checkpoint that claimed to be from Pulwama.

ALSO READ – Syria Blast Video Falsely Shared As CCTV Footage Of Pulwama Attack

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Claim Review : This video show CCTV footage of Pulwama terror attacks

Fact Check : FALSE

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Swasti Chatterjee is a fact-checker and the Deputy News Editor of Boom's Bangla team. She has worked in the mainstream media, in the capacity of a reporter and copy editor with The Times of India, The Indian Express and NDTV.com and is now working as a digital detective, debunking fake news.

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