Hyderabad: A CCTV footage showing two men firing at a man in a restaurant is viral on social media. Users claim that a Colonel from Saudi Arabia, who was involved in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, was shot at.

"Today, shootout of colonel from Saudi Arabia who was involved in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in #Saudi Consulate in #Turkey (sic)," reads the claim.

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Fact Check:

Newsmeter performed a reverse image search and found a tweet by 'El Universo', one of the largest daily newspapers in Ecuador, South America. The tweet upon translation reads, "They assassinated a singer of Average 20 in the suburb of Guayaquil".

We also found an article by 'El Universo' that discusses this incident. It reads, "A video circulating on social networks shows the moment when two men approach Lino and fire at least 15 shots".



The man shot in the viral video has been identified as Jorge Fernando Lino Macas who was a former policeman and singer. He was shot dead in Santiago de Guayaquil, Ecuador. This incident was filmed at an unnamed seafood restaurant in Guayaquil.

Another tweet by 'Revista Vistazo', an Ecuadorian news website, also confirmed the incident. It reads, "Jorge Fernando Lino Macas, a former policeman and singer, nicknamed 'Vanilla', was killed with at least 15 rounds on January 2, 2020."



Evidently, a video from Ecuador is being shared on social media with a false claim that a Saudi Colonel involved in Khashoggi's assassination, was shot dead.

Claim Review :   Singer’s murder in Saudi Colonel
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  False

Misha Rajani

Misha Rajani is a Fact Checker at NewsMeter. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from St. Francis College for Women. She has written a thesis on “ Role of social media in highlighting injustice”. Apart from pursuing a career in news writing, Misha is also skilled in graphic designing. You can follow Misha on Twitter @misharajani00

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