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Terrorist dressed up as women caught in Afghanistan falsely shared as from Kashmir

Written by Md Mahfooz Alam

A photo of a terrorist dressed up as a women being shared with the claim that the terrorist was arrested in Kashmir. In the photo, the terrorist can be seen escorted by the security forces.

However, Facto News found that the terrorist is associated with the Taliban and was caught by the Afghani security forces in 2012.

A Twitter user Dr Gudiyaa posted the photo of the terrorist and claimed, this is how terrorists are being caught under the BJP rule. The caption along with the photo reads: :”हर घर से, खाग्रेस काल मे अफजल निकलेगा, सुना तो था, परंतु भाजपा शासन में ऐसे निकलेगा ये नही पता था‘”.

(Translated: We had heard that Afzal will come out from every house during the Congress era but did not know that he would come out like this under BJP government)

(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/Screenshot)

Writer Madhu Kishwar also posted the photo. The caption along the photo reads: “Captured terrorist, now they are disguising as women…. Kashmir valley, Monday s, 26/7 encounter!! Will @AltNews kindly certify the above news as true or false?

She also asked the fact-checking website Alt News to certify whether the news is true or false.

(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/Screenshot)

More such posts can be accessed here, here and here.

FactO Check:

On conducting the reverse search of the photo on the Yandex search engine. We found the photo used by many international media outlets. A publication Daily Mail used the photo in an article titled: “Chief army officer in Afghanistan orders ‘guardian angels’ to protect U.S. troops as local police capture Taliban dressed as women.”

(Photo Courtesy: Daily Mail/Screenshot)

We found the photo used by The Atlantic also. The credit to the photo is given to the international news agency Associated Press.  The photo is described as the Taliban Militants wearing women dresses are being escorted by the Afghan security forces to be presented to the media at the Afghan intelligence department in Mehterlam, Laghman province. The Afghan intelligence forces had arrested seven Taliban militants in the Qarghayi district of Laghman province.

(Photo Courtesy: The Atlantic/Screenshot)

We further searched the photo on AP images and found it was taken in Mehterlam, Afghanistan on 28 March 2012.

(Photo Courtesy: AP/Screenshot)


The claim of the terrorist dressed up as women being arrested in Kashmir or any part of India is misleading.

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About the author

Md Mahfooz Alam

Mahfooz is a multimedia journalist and regularly writes fact-check stories for Facto News. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. He has worked as an intern fact-checker for The Quint. He specializes in research and fact-checking and aspires to do investigative reporting.

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