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Fact Check: 2021 Image Fictitiously Shared As Terrorist Hansla Adnan Shot Dead In Pakistan Recently


An image depicting a young man holding a gun is widely shared on social media, claiming that it is an image of Hansla Adnan, “mastermind of the Pulwama terror attack” —  a Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist who was reportedly killed on December 5 in Karachi, Pakistan. 

The image is shared on Facebook with a caption: “അജ്ഞാതൻ്റെ കുറുമ്പ് ലേശം കൂടുന്നുണ്ട് പുൽവാമ ഭീകരാക്രമണത്തിന്റെ മുഖ്യ സൂത്രധാരൻ ഹംസ അദ്നാൻ പാകിസ്താനിലെ കറാച്ചിയിൽ അജ്ഞാതന്റെ വെടിയേറ്റ് മരിച്ചു”
(English version: see below.)

Here’s the link to the above post.  


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

Surprisingly, the viral image matches  with media reports about Abu Saifullah, alias Lambu, a mastermind of the 2019 Pulwama terror attack. According to the News 18 report, in July 2021, Lambu was killed in an encounter in Kashmir. He was serving as the operational commander for Jaish-e-Mohammed in South Kashmir. The same news had also been covered by India Today on July 31, 2021. 

On December 5, 2023, Hansla Adnan — a Lashkar-e-Taiba operative and a key figure in the 2015 Udhampur attack on BSF jawans’ buses — was reportedly killed in Karachi, Pakistan. The original image of Hansla Adnan is available in the related news, and reports suggest that he was shot at on December 2, 2023. While undergoing treatment, he succumbed to his injuries. 

Thus, we can conclusively say that an old unrelated image is falsely shared as terrorist Hansla Adnan was shot dead in Pakistan.  

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