News Channels Air Old Images of Kabul Airport Linking Them to the Recent Blasts
Both the visuals are old and unrelated to the recent blasts in Afghanistan's Kabul on 26 August.
Two images, showing smoke billowing in the background, are being massively shared on social media in the aftermath of the blast near the airport in Kabul.
The images are being said to be from the incident in the capital city of Afghanistan that claimed the lives of at least 60 Afghans and 13 US troops.
However, both the visuals are old with one dating back to August 2015 and the other to 16 August. One of the two images was also used by multiple news channels after the news broke.
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Media outlet ABP News carried an image in its reportage on the blast that took place near the Kabul airport.
Manjinder Singh Sirsa, National Spokesperson of Shiromani Akali Dal, too, used the image in his tweet on the recent blast.
Another visual of smoke coming out of an area is being linked to the recent blast in Kabul, with many, including Sudhir Chaudhary, Editor-in-chief and CEO of Zee News, sharing it. However, Chaudhary later issued a correction about the same.
WHAT WE FOUND OUT
We found that both visuals are old and not related to the blasts that took place on 26 August. Let's take a look at them one by one.
We performed a Google reverse image search and came across an article published by Daily Mail on 16 August that carried the viral image and had credited it to news agency AFP via Getty Images.
The viral photo was uploaded on Getty Images with a caption that stated it was taken on 16 August at the Kabul airport.
"US soldiers stand guard as in the background Afghan people wait at the Kabul airport in Kabul on 16 August 2021, after a stunningly swift end to Afghanistan's 20-year war, as thousands of people mobbed the city's airport trying to flee the group's feared hardline brand of Islamist rule," the description along with the image read.
Since the viral image was taken on 16 August, it is unrelated to the blasts that hit Kabul on Thursday, 26 August.
A Google reverse image search led us to an article published by IBTimes on 10 August 2015 that carried the viral image and mentioned that it was taken at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul when a blast was reported its entrance.
With the help of relevant keyword searches, we came across tweets carrying similar visuals that were shared by 1TV, an Afghanistan-based media outlet, in August 2015.
A car bomb had exploded near the entrance of the Kabul airport with Taliban claiming responsibility for the same and said that it was targeting "foreign forces", Reuters had reported on 10 August 2015.
The news agency had captured visuals from the said incident and we were able to match the structure of the gate seen in the viral image with that of Reuters' photo.
At least 60 Afghans and 13 US troops were killed in at least two blasts near the Kabul airport on Thursday, 26 August. The Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the attack, in which there were at least two suicide bombers. It said one of them targeted "translators and collaborators with the American army".
Evidently, old images from Kabul airport were falsely linked to the blasts that took place near the said location on 26 August.
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