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

The image has been morphed by superimposing Ghazi’s face on one of the available templates in 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)
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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.

  • Image used by ABP News
  • Image used by Dainik Bhaskar
  • Image used by India Today
  • Image used by India TV
  • Image used by 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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