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Fake News of ISIS Attacker in Spain Is a Robbery Report From 1998

The robbery story from 1998 is being shared on social media as a fabricated report on ISIS’ attack in Spain

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A dramatic video of a police sniper killing a man who took a pregnant woman hostage at gunpoint, is going viral in India as an ISIS terrorist shot dead by a ‘police sharp shooter’ in Spain. The actual incident took place on 5 April 1998 in the Cua district of Caracas, Venezuela.

However, recent posts on social media and WhatsApp claim the video is of a terrorist killed in Spain.

The robbery story from 1998 is being shared on social media as a fabricated  report on ISIS’ attack in Spain
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A variation of the message maliciously replaces the word ‘terrorist’ with the words ‘ISIS terrorist’ in an attempt to stir bigotry.

The robbery story from 1998 is being shared on social media as a fabricated  report on ISIS’ attack in Spain

While multiple videos of the same incident on YouTube uploaded in the year 2011 seem to suggest it took place that year, the actual video is much older and predates the digital news recording era.

More importantly, it predates the formation of terrorist group Islamic State or IS and raises an important question – whether those sharing the video bothered to look up if a recent terrorist incident took place in Spain.

We tried to look for a credible news source that reported it accurately at the time the event took place.

BOOM traced the video to Associated Press’ archive, which details the incident of a botched armed robbery of a bakery turning into a tense seven-hour hostage crisis.

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What the Actual Story Is

Below is AP’s script for its news story.

“Eighteen-year-old Hector Duarte Bahamonte had holed up in a residential block after police foiled his earlier attempt to rob a nearby bakery. Duarte seized and then shot two hostages, including a nine-year-old boy. Both were left bleeding on the floor of a ninth floor apartment. Later Duarte emerged with a gun to the head of 44-year-old pregnant mother Nancy Lopez.”
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In the video, suspect Hector Duarte Bahamonte resists local police’s attempts to mediate a peaceful ending.

The man appears to be agitated and bleeding profusely and says he will not be taken alive.

A marksman at the scene ended the seven-hour standoff with a single-bullet to Bahamonte’s face.

Nancy Lopez, who was taken hostage, survived unhurt, but was visibly shaken by her ordeal. Onlookers praised police’s action, according to AP.

(This story was originally published on BOOM.)

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