FAKE: Photo of explosions at a strategic facility in russia on April 29, 2022
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FAKE: Photo of explosions at a strategic facility in russia on April 29, 2022

13 May 2022
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Since April 28, 2022, a photo of explosions at a strategic facility in russia on April 29, 2022, has been circulating on the Internet . However, the photo actually shows explosions in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 2002.

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A reverse image search on Google Images showed that the photo showed explosions at Kabul International Airport, Afghanistan. On February 11, 2002 a russian SU-21 exploded on the explosives of a British bomb squadron at Kabul International Airport in Afghanistan. British forces helped clear the airport of mines and other dangerous unexploded ordnance.

Google Images image search results

Pay attention! The text of the news is emotional. Such signs indicate that you are facing either a fake or a clickbait.

In addition, the posts provide a link to the telegram channel, where the video from the scene was allegedly published. However, the link does not lead to a specific post, but to a closed telegram channel. You must wait for confirmation from the administrator to access the channel. Such news with impressive photos or headlines is spread to increase the number of subscribers to the telegram channel in a deceptive way.

The news of the explosions at a strategic facility in russia on April 29, 2022 is accompanied by other photos. One of them shows an explosion at a gas station in novosibirsk in June 2021, the other – explosions in Libya in 2011.

Left: explosion at a gas station in novosibirsk in June 2021, right – explosions in Libya in 2011

On April 29, an explosion took place in russia at the Synthesis pharmaceutical plant, which is mentioned in the articles. However, the photos illustrating the posts are not related to this event.

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