Fact Check: Iraq car bomb explosion passed off as 2019 Pulwama attack

Users claim that it shows 'Real CCTV footage of Pulwama attack' that occurred on February 14....

By Satya Priya BN  Published on  15 Feb 2021 8:41 AM GMT
Fact Check: Iraq car bomb explosion passed off as 2019 Pulwama attack

A video showing a vehicle exploding on the road is viral on social media. Users claim that it shows 'Real CCTV footage of Pulwama attack' that occurred on February 14, 2019. This video has been shared in 2019 as well. On the second anniversary, it staged a comeback on social media.



The video shows few vehicles passing on the road exploding creating tremors and impacting the CCTV camera too.

This video is being shared with the claim that it is a real-time footage of the Pulwama attack.

Archive links:

https://web.archive.org/save/https://www.facebook.com/fareed.shaikh.9843499/videos/1256692848064924

https://web.archive.org/save/https://twitter.com/AvanishVish15/status/1096703089648771072

Fact check:

When the extracted keyframes from the video were searched using Google reverse image search, we found that the video does NOT pertain to the Pulwama attack, but car bomb blast in Iraq.

https://www.military.com/video/explosions/blast/raw-car-bomb-footage-from-iraq/921220900001

We found the same video was released in 2008 with a title 'VBIED IED SEP 02 2007 camp Taji Iraq huge explosion'. The description states that this is a VBIED IED right outside the gate at camp Taji, Iraq. "On Sep 02, 2007, I was laying in bed watching a movie when I heard the explosion, and the room shook and blew out the windows. My living quarters were 1/4 mile away", reads the description.


Another website sharing the same video states that during the height of "the Surge" an Iraqi convoy was struck with a massive vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (V.B.I.E.D.). On September 2, 2007, a convoy of Iraqi Army Humvees was passing near the gate of the United States FOB, Camp Taji, when a suicide bomber drove his vehicle right into the convoy. The massive explosion disabled the lead vehicle and the number of casualties is unknown.

https://wardocumentaryfilms.com/combat-clips/iraqi-convoy-hit-by-suicide-bomber/

Hence, the viral video does not show February 14, 2019, Pulwama attack. In fact, it shows an attack in Iraq that occurred in September 2008. The claim is FALSE.


Claim Review:Real video of Pulwama attack
Claimed By:Facebook Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Facebook
Claim Fact Check:False
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