Fact Check: Picture Of A Massive Fire Shared With False Claim; Here’s The Truth

A picture of a massive fire is doing the rounds on the internet. It is being claimed that the fire broke out in a mosque in Afghanistan.

The text in the picture read, ‘मस्जिद में दी जा रही थी बम बनाने की ट्रेनिंग, धमाके में 30 आतंकवादी की मौत’.(sic)

(Translation- Bomb-making training was being given in mosque, 30 terrorists killed in the blast)

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NewsMobile fact-checked the above post and found that the claim is fake.

We ran a Reverse Image Search on the picture and found the picture on the Getty Images website. The picture was posted on the website by a cameraperson, Richard Spiller.

We found the same picture posted by Spiller on the website ‘EyeEm‘ dated March 3, 2016.

We found his Facebook profile linked on his website and found that he uploaded the same picture on Facebook on March 2, 2016, with a caption, “fire at Stafford.”

While looking for media reports of the said fire, we found a report by The Guardian which reported that a fire broke out at an industrial estate in Stafford on March 2, 2016.

As per the report, more than 60 firefighters battled the massive blaze at the chemical company.

Further, we looked for reports on fire in a mosque in Afghanistan but could not find anything remotely close to it.

Hence, based on the above information, we can say that the picture is old and is being shared with a fake claim.

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