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Fact Check: Jolting Afghanistan explosion shared as Pakistan power plant blast

A video of a massive explosionis doing the rounds on social media lately. Several users are sharing the video claiming it to be from a blast at a Pakistan power plant.If these claims are to be believed, the horrifying explosion happened in the Guddu Power Plant, situated in Pakistan’s Sindh province.

India Today’s Anti-Fake News War Room (AFWA) found these posts to be misleading. Although it is true that a fire recently broke out in the said power plant in Pakistan, the viral video was shot last year in Afghanistan.

A reverse search of the screenshots led us to the same video which was uploaded on YouTube in February 2021. “Dozens of Gas and oil barrels caught fire in Herat Islam Qala port (sic),” the caption read.

Islam Qala is a border town situated in Afghanistan’s western province of Herat. Searches using relevant keywords revealed a few Russian and Turkish media reports with images of the said explosion.A RU Posters report from February 14, 2021, identified it as a blast that took place in Afghanistan after some fuel tanks caught fire.

A report on the same day showed 18 trucks with Turkish license plates were destroyed in the explosion. The incident happened in the Islamic Kale” (Islam Qala) region of Afghanistan, close to the Iranian border.

Reports suggest that the power plant was burnt to the ground, causing a loss worth Rs 15 billion to the national exchequer. It quoted sources revealing that there were no extinguishers available to deal with the flames. A four-member team, led by a chief engineer, was formed to investigate the mishap.

According to these reports, it all started when a fuel truck exploded on February 13, 2021, at the customs office in Islam Qala.However, there was no mention of an explosion in any of these reports, making it clear that the viral video is unrelated to this incident. Thus, it is safe to conclude that the explosion video from Afghanistan has been shared with false claims.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by GOVT.in staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)


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