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Fact Check: Viral Clip Claiming JeM Chief Masood Azhar Killed By Unidentified Group In Pakistan Is Misleading

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Many images and videos are going viral on social media, claiming that Masood Azhar another Pakistani terrorist, most wanted in India — being killed in a bomb blast. One such video showing a huge explosion on a busy road claims that Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar killed by an unidentified group. 

The video is shared on Facebook with a caption: “#പുതുവത്സരസമ്മാനം മസൂദ് അസ്ഹർ പടം ആകുന്ന ദൃശ്യങ്ങൾ അജ്ഞാതർ പുറത്തു വിട്ടപ്പോൾ” (English translation: #Newyeargift When unknown people released the visuals of Masood Azhar becoming a movie.)

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FACT CHECK

NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim, and found it to be MISLEADING. 

Performing a Reverse Image Search, our team identified the official X handle of OSINT Updates, dated November 3, 2023, carrying the same viral video with a caption: “Pakistan: Six people were killed and 25 injured in a blast targeting a police van in Dera Ismail Khan. Gunshots were also heard after the blast”. 

India Today North East had reported the same incident on November 3, 2023. According to the news, the explosion occurred in Dera Ismail Khan in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The bomb was intended for the police, planted on a motorcycle near a police van parked in the Tank Adda area. After the blast, gunshots were heard in the vicinity. Law enforcement officials and the local bomb disposal unit promptly arrived at the scene to evaluate the situation.

ARY News from Pakistan had also featured a live video of the blast in the search results. Moreover, there are no confirmed reports about Masood Azhar’s death.

Thus, it is confirmed that the viral video, claiming Masood Azhar was killed by an unidentified group in Pakistan, is misleading.

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