These photos have circulated since 2020 in reports about a deadly boat accident in Bangladesh

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Two photos have been shared hundreds of times in multiple posts on Facebook alongside a claim about a fatal boat accident in a northern district in Bangladesh in September 2021. The claim is misleading: the photos have circulated online since August 2020 in reports about a fatal boat accident in a different Bangladeshi district. AFP found no credible news reports of the purported boat accident in Bangladesh in September 2021.

The photos were shared in a Bengali-language Facebook post published on September 22.

The post's caption states that 18 Muslim women died after a boat capsized in Mymensingh, a district in northern Bangladesh.

It translates to English as: "In Mymensingh, 18 sisters have memorized the Qur'an. After finishing Hifz, today, on 22nd September, everyone left for a boat trip. On their way back, their boat sank, killing 18 people.

"May Allah grant the beloved sisters the high status of Paradise with the status of martyrs".

"Hifz" is the practice of memorising the Koran.

The post -- which has been shared more than 700 times -- includes one photo of men appearing to dig graves.

The second photo shows a crowd of men wearing traditional Muslim dress.

 

Screenshot of the misleading claim shared on Facebook, taken on September 27, 2021

The photos were shared in Facebook posts here and here alongside a similar claim.

The claim is misleading.

Reverse image searches on Google found the photos featured in a report from August 6, 2020 by the Bangla Tribune.

The headline reads: "Funeral of the victims in boat accident in Madan completed".

Below is the screenshot comparisons of the photos in the misleading Facebook post (L) and the photos in the Bangla Tribune's report (R):

  

Screenshot comparison of the photos in the misleading Facebook post (left) and the photos in the Bangla Tribune's report (right)

At least 17 people died after a boat capsized in the northern district of Netrokona.

Most of the victims were students and teachers of a local madrasah, an Islamic seminary.

AFP found no credible news reports about a boat accident in Mymensingh on September 22, 2021.