Fact Checked: Don’t believe the news of blast at Karachi mosque during bomb testing

A tweet has gone viral on Twitter and its screenshot was widely shared on Facebook that reported a blast in a mosque while a bomb was being tested leaving 15 scientists dead.

The tweet dated March 11 read: #NewsFlash #Karachi Blast during bomb test in a Mosque, 15 scientists dead, 10 seriously injured.

At the time of filing this report, the tweet was retweeted by over 2,400 people. The screenshot was shared on Facebook as well.

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FACT CHECK

When NewsMobile came across the viral tweet we fact-checked it and found that there was no such incident reported in Karachi. There are no reports of any bomb blast in local news.

Moreover, the twitter handle @INA_Pakistan from where the Tweet was originated is Parody twitter handle based out of Pakistan.

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As marked in the above picture, its bio read: “Interesting News Agency. Only in Pakistan. #Parody #Satire #Just4Fun #NotRelatedToANI.”

Interestingly, the profile picture of the Parody @INA_Pakistan is the mirror image of the profile picture of Indian newswire ANI’s twitter handle@ANI.

Coming to the picture used in the tweet, when we put the image through the Reverse Image Search, we found that it was Getty Image from a bombing incident at Karachi’s Shiite Muslim mosque which took place on May 7th, 2004.

Hence, the information in the viral tweet is not real.

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