That Viral Image of Slain Pulwama Mastermind Is Morphed By an App!

That Viral Image of Slain Pulwama Mastermind Is Morphed By an App!

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On Monday, 18 February, morning, it was reported that two Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists, including Abdul Rasheed Ghazi alias Kamran, who is believed to be the mastermind behind the Pulwama attack, have been gunned down in an encounter.

Soon after, several media organisations put out reports carrying an identical image of Ghazi. As it turns out now, the image is a morphed one, that was made using an app!

CLAIM

A number of media outlets used an image of the terrorist, which they claimed was of Ghazi.

Image used by several media outlets to identify Ghazi.
Image used by several media outlets to identify Ghazi.
(Photo Courtesy: Twitter)

TRUE OR FALSE

The image is, in fact, a morphed one and has been superimposed using an app.

WHAT WE FOUND OUT

The Quint could locate at least five leading media organisations who have used the same image to identify Ghazi.

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  • Image used by ABP News
    Image used by ABP News
    (Photo Courtesy: YouTube)
  • Image used by Dainik Bhaskar
    Image used by Dainik Bhaskar
    (Photo Courtesy: Dainik Bhaskar)
  • Image used by India Today
    Image used by India Today
    (Photo Courtesy: India Today)
  • Image used by India TV
    Image used by India TV
    (Photo Courtesy: India TV)
  • Image used by Outlook
    Image used by Outlook
    (Photo Courtesy: Outlook)

However, a reverse image search of the photo on Google also showed results of Twitter users calling out the image as a morphed one.

A close look at the images used to identify Ghazi and that of Bon Jovi, pointed out by in the above tweets, would reveal an uncanny resemblance apart from the face and the background.

A number of elements like the positioning of his hands – the watch, walkie talkie, baton and taser in and around them – is exactly the same in both the images.

It could be further established that the image has been morphed by superimposing Ghazi’s face on one of the available templates in an app called Police Suit Photo Frame Maker.

Screenshot of the Amazon page of Police Suit Photo Frame Maker.
Screenshot of the Amazon page of Police Suit Photo Frame Maker.
(Photo Courtesy: Amazon.com)
Screenshot of the Amazon page of Police Suit Photo Frame Maker.
Screenshot of the Amazon page of Police Suit Photo Frame Maker.
(Photo Courtesy: Amazon.com)

(This morphed image was first debunked by Alt News)

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