Hyderabad: Five personnel of the Assam Rifles, including a colonel, were killed in a militant attack in the Churachandpur district of Manipur. Two civilians, the colonel's wife and son, were also killed in the attack. Following this, a photo of a burnt Army vehicle is circulating on social media with the claim that it shows the aftermath of the deadly ambush.

Netizens are sharing the picture with the text, "The attack on the Army convoy by terrorists in Singhat of Churachandpur district of Manipur is the cowardice of the enemies of the country."

Fact Check

The claim that the photo shows the aftermath of the deadly ambush by militants in Churachandpur is false.

NewsMeter performed a reverse image search and found the same image carried in 2015 reports by Hindustan Times and Economic Times. According to these reports, the photo is from the 4 June 2015 incident when a convoy of the Indian Army was ambushed by militants in Chandel. The Dogra battalion of the Army lost 18 men in the ambush.

The same was also reported by NDTV and First Post. The NDTV report had carried the same picture and reported that 18 Army men were killed and at least 11 injured when militants ambushed their convoy in Manipur's Chandel district.

APN News and ETV Andhra Pradesh had published video reports on the incident. The viral image can be seen at 0:27 second-mark in the APN News and at the 0:18 second-mark in the ETV report.

Getty Images had also uploaded the photo on 4 June 2015.

Thus, the claim that the photo shows the aftermath of the ambush by militants in Churachandpur is false.

Claim Review :   Picture of police officials standing in front of a burnt defence vehicle is is the aftermath of the deadly ambush by militants in Churachandpur.
Claimed By :  Facebook User
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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