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Fact Check: 2014 Image of Kabul Suicide Attack Falsely Linked To Reasi Bus Attack By Militants

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On June 9, 2024, terrorists attacked a bus carrying around 50 pilgrims travelling in Jammu and Kashmir’s Reasi district. The bus plunged into a gorge as the driver lost control after the attack, leading to deaths of 10 people so far, including children, and leaving 33 others injured. A search operation is currently going on in response to this tragic incident.

Amidst this, a social media user has posted an image claiming that 10 Indian soldiers were killed in the Reasi attack.

The image is being shared with a caption: “Horrific attack on a bus carrying Indian troops in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. The news of the death of 10 Indian soldiers has been confirmed.”

Here’s where you can find it archived.

FACT CHECK

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

Conducting a Reverse Image Search on the viral image, the NM team identified the same image uploaded in a report by BBC, dated July 2, 2014. As per the BBC report, the image is from an incident in Kabul, Afghanistan, where a suicide bomber targeted an Air Force bus, resulting in the deaths of at least eight military officers and injuring 13 people, including civilians.

Additionally, we found the viral image in a video report by euronews — a European TV news network, headquartered in Lyon, France — on its YouTube channel in July 2014.

These findings indicate that the viral image is not related to the recent attack on a Hindu pilgrimage bus in Reasi district of Jammu.

A report by NDTV confirms the death of nine civilians and 33 injured, with no casualties among soldiers. This information was also corroborated by Zee TV’s media outlet.

Hence, it is evident that the viral post, claiming that Army soldiers killed by militants in Reasi district of Jammu, is fabricated.

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