A video showing a man accidentally shooting himself while fiddling with a gun is being shared on social media with a claim that a Taliban militant shot himself while trying to figure out how an American gun works.
The caption of the post insinuates that the militant was trying to use a gun left behind by the US troops. “अमेरिकी हथियार छोड़ गये..पर ये नहीं बता गये कि चलाना कैसे है…”, the caption of the post reads.
(Translation: Americans left their weapons.. but did not explain how to operate…)
NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found the claim to be false.
Upon extracting keyframes of the video and putting them through Reverse Image Search, we found a report on a Mexican website, Laneta Noticias, dated February 6, 2019, carrying snapshots of the video. The headline in Spanish can be translated to, “They record a subject carrying an AK-47; blows his head off by accident”.
The report mentions that this video of a person carrying an AK-47 is being shared online but it does not mention the location of the video.
We found a snapshot of the video in a report on another Mexican website published on February 9, 2019.
The location of the video was not mentioned in the report either.
Masadan eksiliyor dostlar… ☺️☺️😉 pic.twitter.com/CdgtJlN9Ny
— T.Kurt🍁 (@timrevoul) February 24, 2019
The real reason ISIS are on the back foot – endemic idiocy leading to premature expiration.
(I think this might be the same incident as the video posted earlier, just from a different angle. I’m assuming even this mob wouldn’t be stupid enough to let it happen twice) pic.twitter.com/xJm4hxcAxi
— DeepBlue (@JohnLeoNo1087) March 22, 2019
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Further, we found that the US announced troop withdrawal from Afghanistan on November 17, 2020, whereas the video is in circulation since 2019.