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Pulwama Attack: Old Encounter Video Falsely Shared As Indian Army’s Retaliation

Pulwama Attack: Old Encounter Video Falsely Shared As Indian Army’s Retaliation

The video from 2018 is being shared with misleading caption that it shows the Indian Army retaliating to the attack on CRPF personnel in Kashmir.

An old video from 2018 showing a military encounter in Kashmir is viral on social media as the Indian Army retaliating after the recent terror incident in Pulwama which left atleast 40 paramilitary personnel dead.

The 1 minute 30 seconds video is viral on Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and YouTube under the caption, “Mission started. Already killed 3 pigs”



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It is viral on Twitter with the same line “Mission started. Already killed three pigs.”

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It was also uploaded on Youtube on Saturday by many accounts.

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FACT-CHECK

BOOM broke the video into keyframes and ran a reverse image search for some of the key frames and found that the video is from December 2018. The reverse image search showed a photo matching a key frame from the video had been tweeted in December, by Kashmir News a local news outlet in the valley.

NOTE: THE BELOW IMAGES ARE GRAPHIC

The tweet posted on December 9, 2018 says that the forces were engaged in an 18 hour long gunfight in Bandipore district of the state. The tweet further says, the two of the deceased militants had been identified as Mudassir Parray and Saquib Mushtaq.

BOOM ran a further search with the names of the two dead militants and found the same viral video uploaded on Facebook by JK News live, a local news outlet. The video was uploaded by the channel on December 13, 2018.

BOOM ran a detailed search with the names of the deceased militants and found various news articles covering the encounter.

According to an article in Times of India the incident happened in Mujgund a remote district in Kashmir where the armed forces killed three people suspected to be LeT militants after an 18-hour long encounter. The encounter also left a few personnel from the Central Reserve Police Force injured.





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Claim Review : Indian army is retaliating against the Pulwama attacks

Fact Check : FALSE

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A former city correspondent covering crime, Nivedita is a fact checker at BOOM and works to stop the spread of disinformation and misinformation. When not at work, she escapes into second-hand bookstores, looking for magic or a mystery.

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