This video shows an explosion in Kazakhstan, not at the Kabul airport

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Numerous social media posts about a blast outside the Kabul airport on August 26, 2021 feature an eight-second video of a large explosion. The footage, however, has been shared in a false context: it had been circulating in news reports about blasts that happened in Kazakhstan on the same day.

"#KabulAirportBlast Back to back 2 blast in outside kabul airport. More than 40 people died including 4 american soldiers," reads a tweet that shared the video on August 27, 2021.

Screenshot of the misleading Twitter post, taken on August 30, 2021. ( Amy SOOD)

The photo was shared in similar posts on Twitter here, here and here, and on Facebook here and here.

The posts began circulating online after two blasts outside the airport in Afghanistan's capital city Kabul killed dozens of people, AFP reported here.

However, this video does not show the attacks outside Kabul airport. It has circulated in news reports about an explosion at a military facility in the city of Taraz, in Kazakhstan.

A reverse image search on Google found the same video was included in this report by news organization Al Jazeera about a number of powerful blasts happened at a military facility in Taraz on August 26 which wounded at least 60 people.

The report said that the facility had been storing engineering-purpose explosives, citing a statement by Kazakh deputy defence minister Ruslan Shpekbayev.

Another report about the blasts from Kazinform, a Kazakh news agency, also showed a still from the explosion that matches the video.

Screenshot comparison of the misleading Twitter post (L) and a still from the Kazinform news report (R)

The video of the explosion was also shared by a number of news agencies on YouTube, including RT, Russia's state-controlled international television network.

Below is a screenshot comparison of the video in the misleading Twitter post (left) and the video shared on YouTube by RT (right).

Screenshot comparison of the misleading Twitter post (L) and the RT video shared on YouTube (R)

Posts misrepresenting the video are part of a series of inaccurate claims about Afghanistan that have spread across the internet after Taliban insurgents seized control of the country earlier this month.

AFP has previously debunked posts sharing a misrepresented photo of the attack in Kabul.

( Grégoire LEMARCHAND)
Afghanistan