Fact Check: Does This Image Show Taliban Lynching Afghan Woman Pilot Safia Ferozi? Here’s The Truth

An image showing a woman with a battered face has gone viral on social media claiming that she is Captain Safia Ferozi, the second female pilot in Afghanistan’s Air Force. 

The image is being shared with a caption that reads, “Safia Firoze one of the four pilots of the Afghanistan air force was stoned to death in public. Talibani terrorist killed Safia Firoze.”

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The post has gone viral on Facebook

FACT CHECK 

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

Starting with our investigation, we searched the web with relevant keywords but could not find any credible media reports corroborating the viral claim. 

Doing a Reverse Image Search, we found this image uploaded on a blog on February 17, 2016. The headline of the blog read, “The brutal killing of Farkhunda Malikzada.”

Taking a cue from this, we found an article published on March 19, 2018. The article was written to mark the third anniversary of Farkhunda’s lynching, implying that the lynching took place in 2015.

Searching further, we found a video news report published by the New York Times on December 26, 2015, that had reported about “The Killing of Farkhunda.” The article stated, ‘Farkhunda Malikzada, a 27-year-old Muslim woman falsely accused of burning a Quran, was killed by a mob in central Kabul as hundreds watched and filmed. This video contains scenes of graphic violence’.

At the 4 minute mark, one can see a similar glimpse of the photo used in the viral claim. 

Thus, it is evident from the above information that the woman in the viral image is not Safia Ferozi, but of Farkhunda Malikzada who was was killed by a mob in central Kabul in 2015.

Therefore, the viral claim is false.

 

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