Fact Check: 1998 Video Of Robbery And Kidnapping Goes Viral As ‘ISIS Terrorist With Hostage Shot Dead’

A video is widely being shared on social media with a claim that an ISIS terrorist who took a woman as a hostage was shot dead by the Spain police.

The image was shared with the caption which read in English as, “ISIS terrorist with kidnapped woman shot dead by Spanish police sharp shooters… What a shot in fraction of second. amazing to watch.”

The link to the post can be seen here. Similar posts can be seen here and here.

The same post also went viral in 2020, the links can be seen here, here and here.


NewsMobile did a fact-check and found the claim to be fake.

On breaking the video into several keyframes and then doing a Google Reverse Image search on the keyframes, we found the full-length video on a YouTube channel uploaded on August 15, 2009.

The video was shared with the caption, “Venevision 1998 Secuestro en Cua Miranda”. (English: Venevision 1998 Kidnapping in Cua Miranda)

Venevision is a Venezuelan free-to-air television channel and one of Venezuela’s largest television networks, owned by Gustavo Cisneros.

On further searching, we found that a screenshot of the video was also published on the website Contexto Diario on July 18, 2020, with the title which reads in Spanish as, “#TBT | El “secuestro” de Cúa que fue transmitido en televisión.” (English “#TBT | The “kidnapping” of Cúa that was broadcast on television.”)

The article associated with the image states that Héctor Duarte, an 18-years-old man held a woman, identified as María López, hostage and was threatening her with a revolver, in Cua in the state of Miranda. The report also mentioned that minutes earlier, the man had tried to commit robbery in a bakery and took the woman hostage after he was apprehended by the police.

He was later shot by a sniper of Judicial Technical Police (PTJ), Venezuela’s largest national police agency. The whole thing was recorded by Venevision, the only television station that was present there at that time. The event happened on April 5, 1998, and was known as “the kidnapping of Cua.”

Hence, from the above information, it is clear that the video is being shared with a false narrative.


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