A photo of a military operation from Helmand province of Afghanistan went viral as photo of a building gutted down by fire in Maidan-Wardak province of Afghanistan. Many news agencies and social media users published it as the burned building in Behsud District of Maidan-Wardak.
Let’s see the posts that made the claim in detail and how we found out the truth.
On February.2.2021 Afghani social media accounts and some news agencies, including the Pajhwok Afghan news and Mir Rahman Rahmani published a photo claimed to be the photo of a burned building in Behsud district of Maidan-Wardak. You can see their posts in the collage given below.
We did a Google reverse image search of the image and found that the photo does not belong to Behsud district of Maidan-Wardak, province of Afghanistan. It shows that Tolonews had published this image on October.12.2020, which is from a military operation carried out in Helmand province of Afghanistan.
Click here to see the original tweet-ToloNews
After protest of its followers for publishing the wrong image, the Pajhwok Afghan news corrected its post and apologized for the mistake. You can see their corrected post below:
Read the post here-Pajhwok Afghan News
Conclusion: Various Afghan news agencies and accounts published a photo from an operation in Helmand province of Afghanistan as the photo of the burned building in Behsud district of Maidan-Wardak province of Afghanistan. The photo belongs to Helmand, not to Maidan-Wardak province of Afghanistan. Hence, the claim we reviewed in this fact check is False.
Title:Afghan News Agencies Share Old and Unrelated Photo as Photo of a Building Gutted Down by Fire in Maidan-Wardak Province…Fact Check By: Fact Crescendo Team