Old picture shared to falsely claim 8 Pak soldiers were killed in Waziristan

Users claim that these are coffins of eight Pakistani soldiers killed in a terror attack. The attack was supposedly carried out by Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

By Misha Rajani  Published on  28 March 2022 3:34 AM GMT
Old picture shared to falsely claim 8 Pak soldiers were killed in Waziristan

HYDERABAD: A picture of coffins wrapped in Pakistan's national flag is viral on social media.

Users claim that these are coffins of eight Pakistani soldiers killed in a terror attack. The attack was supposedly carried out by Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

Sharing this picture, a Twitter user wrote: "About 8 Pakistani army personnel eliminated by TTP militants in North Waziristan hours ago, TTP spokesman claimed responsibility and added a video of the attack will be released soon."


FACT CHECK:

NewsMeter performed a reverse image search and found the same image carried in a news report by SFGate on November 28, 2011. The description states that the picture was taken when Pakistani soldiers were paying tribute to their colleagues who lost their lives in a NATO attack, during their funeral in Peshawar, Pakistan. The headline of the report read, "U.S.-Pakistan ties further strained by the airstrike."


A New York Times report also carried the same image and captioned it: "Pakistani soldiers in Peshawar honored colleagues who were killed in Saturday's NATO air attack on border posts in Pakistan."


The photograph was credited to Mohammad Sajjad of Associated Press.

According to a BBC News report, a statement from the Pakistani army said 24 people were killed and 13 were injured in the NATO attack on November 27, 2011.

The viral image is not recent.

Moreover, a report by Ary News, a Pakistani news channel's website, said that the Inter-Services Public Relations said in a statement that a group of terrorists attempted to infiltrate inside Pakistan from Afghanistan in Hassan Khel, North Waziristan district on midnight March 23-24. During the firefight, four soldiers were killed. The report, however, did not mention TTP.

The claim that the viral image shows 8 Pakistani army personnel being killed by TTP militants in North Waziristan is false.

Claim Review:8 Pakistani army personnel were killed by TTP militants in North Waziristan.
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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