Ever since the Taliban took over Afghanistan, several unrelated old images/videos from different parts of the world and a plethora of misinformation has stormed the Internet. Many users have been sharing misinformation in context with the present situation in Afghanistan. Now, a image from 2016 being shared as recent killing of Hazaras by the Taliban.
A Twitter account @Tally_Facts shared the image with a caption that reads “Taliban took out Hazara men from the buses on the highways and shot them dead in cold blood just because they were Hazaras! Shocking!” Archived |Twitter
Another Twitter user @adara_khan shared the image with a caption that reads “Taliban took out Hazara men from the buses on the highway’s and shoot them death in cold blood just because they were Hazaras.”Archived |Twitter
We found that the account is using a picture of Mehvish Mushtaq as his/her profile picture.
Another Twitter user @mostafakhan110 with a caption “در آن روز حدود ۱۹۰ مسافر از راه قندوز ربوده شدند همه آنها آزاد شدند اما ۱۸ تن از آنها برای اینکه هزاره بودند شکنجه و تیرباران شدند.#StopHazaraGenocide #مسافران_قندوز ” which translates “About 190 passengers were abducted on the way to Kunduz that day, all of whom were released, but 18 were tortured and shot because they were Hazaras.#StopHazaraGenocide# Travelers_Qunduz” Archived |Twitter
A reverse image search of the image directed us to a Persian news website with a title”کشته شدن 14 تن از گروگان ها در شمال افغانستان در حمله هوایی امریکا” which translates “14 hostages killed in US airstrikes in northern Afghanistan” dated 07-05-2016.
Taking cue from this we found a article published by The New York Times with a title U.S. Investigates Whether Airstrikes Killed Taliban Hostages dated 27-06-2016. However New York Times hasn’t used the image in their article.
Image from 2016 is being shared as recent attacks on the Hazara men.